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Aspiration Procedure

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The aspiration abortion procedure is available to end early pregnancy using a hand held plastic device like the one picture right. This aspiration abortion usually takes approximately 2-3 minutes to complete. We are highly experienced in performing safe abortions and have been providing care since 1971 in the New York, NYC area. Women and their doctors in New York, Manhattan, Bronx, Queens,  the Tri- State Area as well as the North-Eastern United States have put their trust in us, you can too.

What is the Aspiration Procedure?

The Aspiration Abortion Procedure is also known as the Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVP). The physician will place a speculum inside the vagina and cleanse the area with an antiseptic solution. A local anesthesia which is an injection into the cervix is used to numb the area. A thin tube is then passed through the cervix. This tube is attached to a plastic device which resembles a large syringe. This device creates a vacuum which aspirates the pregnancy out of the uterus. During this procedure you are awake and may experience cramps as the injection is given as well as during the aspiration procedure. Pain medication will be given to alleviate the discomfort. 

Is Aspiration Procedure different from early abortion procedure?

In general, it is our practice that no scraping (curetting) is needed in an early and first trimester abortion.  The procedure is either done by an Aspiration Abortion Procedure (MVP) or by a controlled vacuum device.

There is no difference in the recovery process.

Some abortion providers try to offer the Aspiration Abortion Procedure as a non-surgical option.

In fact there is no difference between the early and first trimester abortion procedure and the Aspiration Abortion  Procedure, except the way the equally gentle suction is produced in both methods. One is done by a controlled vacuum device and the other method is done by a hand held vacuum device.

Abortion offices that do not have a doctor specializing in anesthesia for pain control usually offer only awake procedures and the Aspiration Abortion Procedure. In our office we are able to provide both procedures with or without general anesthesia.


Frequently Asked Questions

How soon can I schedule an appointment?

We have immediate appointments available to meet the need of our patients.

Will I need someone to escort me to the office?

No escort is required but if you would like someone to accompany you to our office that is fine. If you wish to have sedation with the Aspiration Procedure, you will be required to have an esort to accompany you  home.

Will I experience discomfort?

You may experience “menstrual like cramping” that would be relieved by taking pain medication.

Aspiration Facts

The Aspiration Procedure (MVA) helps provide high quality abortion services in areas without access to electricity or traditional western medical services.

True – While abortion is legal in many countries access to abortion services is highly restricted due to lack of resources such as electricity, hospital settings and limited funds. It is a safer, more effective, form of treatment than Dilation and Curettage (D&C) previously the only abortion technique available under these conditions.

The Aspiration Procedure (MVA) has increased access to safe abortion world wide.

True –The portability and simplicity of the MVA procedure allows it to be performed in remote locations. This has allowed safe, sanitary abortions to be provided in community based healthcare settings.  Dilation and Curettage requires a different level of skill and support meaning that usually only doctors and hospitals could safely provide these services in under developed nations.

In countries where abortion access is extremely limited, the Aspiration Procedure has eliminated the need for costly and difficult travel.

True – In counties such as China, Vietnam, and Bangladesh Manual Vacuum Aspiration has been used for decades . The light, portable equipment which does not require electricity and makes it ideal for medical providers to take to remote areas to provide abortion services where it was once legal but not accessible.

The Aspiration Procedure (MVA) is a safe and effective backup to Medical Abortion.

True: When women choose the Abortion Pill as an option to terminate a early pregnancy it is usually because they want to avoid a surgical procedure with anesthesia. Unfortunately, the Abortion Pill is not perfect. In about 5 % of cases women do not completely pass the pregnancy tissue during the induced miscarriage. In these cases an aspiration procedure (MVA) is a safe fall back option to compete the abortion process. It can use minimal anesthesia and allow women a less stressful alternative to Electrical Vacuum Aspiration (EVA).

The Aspiration Procedure has allowed mobile medical teams to provide relief for rape victims in war torn countries.

True: As pointed out by The United Nations Higher Commission on Refugees, refugee women are extremely vulnerable when it comes to sexual health. Often the victims of rape and often with a total lack of access to birth control even in non coercive relationship refugee women are at high risk for unintended pregnancies. In cases like the 1999 flee of refugees from Kosovo to Albanian refugee camps the portable and effective use of Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) allowed women in these difficult circumstances to receive abortion services. Replacing the more complex and painful Dilation and Curettage procedure greatly reduced chances of complications and minimized further trauma to already victimized women.

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