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When you go to the clinic for a pregnancy termination procedure, the gynecologist will provide pain management care to keep you comfortable. Discuss any previous reactions you may have had to pain medicine in the past, and let your doctor know which medications you’re already taking. To keep you relaxed and comfortable during a second trimester abortion, a certified nurse anesthetist will administer anesthesia.

You can choose which type of anesthesia you wish to have. You may have local anesthesia, which only numbs the immediate area. Conscious sedation will relax your whole body, but it won’t make you fall asleep. General anesthesia is the deepest level, as it allows you to sleep through the procedure. You’ll be closely monitored for safety the entire time you’re asleep.

There are several options for pain management when you have an abortion in Washington, D.C. Call Washington Surgi-Clinic at (202) 659-9403 to request a consult for pregnancy termination.

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