The procedure itself usually takes about 10 minutes,but plan to be in the clinic for about 45 minutes. Please
have a light breakfast or lunch before you arrive. Unless
allergic, please take the following medication prior to the
- Acetominophen (Tylenol) 1000 mg by mouth 1 hour prior to you appointment, and
- Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin or generic) 400mg by mouth 1 hour prior to your appointment.
Some women have a small cervical opening. This includes
women who are postmenopausal, have never had a vaginal
delivery or are suspected of having intra-uterine adhesions.
In this case, you will be asked to take:
- Misoprostol 400 micrograms buccally 60 minutes prior to your appointment.
If you are feeling anxious about the procedure, the nurse will review relaxation exercises with you and may offer you a mild sedative (Ativan).
If you require additional pain medication you may be offered a narcotic, such as hydromorphone. For some procedures the doctor may inject local anesthetic (freezing) around the cervix to reduce discomfort.
It is recommended that you have someone to drive you home after the procedure. If you wish to receive a sedative or narcotic, you must ensure that an adult takes you home, and you should not drive for 24 hours.