A member asked:

I am going for an abortion and am getting local anesthesia, does it hurt?

5 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. Craig Cohen answered

Specializes in Emergency Medicine

Yes, but...: Yes, but pain is preventable. Giving local anesthesia itself may produce pain, and dilation of the cervix, even more so. A discussion with your physician about the liberal use of IV pain medications and sedatives before any procedure should occur prior to the procedure so you have the best chance of knowing what to expect (and you'll be able to tell how your doctor approaches pain management.

Answered 6/22/2017


Dr. Mitchell Zeitler answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Hurt is relative: It should not be any more painful than having local anesthesia applied to any other part of the body. You can take an oral sedative like valium prior to getting the local.

Answered 9/6/2019


Dr. Richard Pollard answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

No: The local anesthesia will provide enough pain control that the rest of the procedure should feel just like a normal pelvic exam. If needed the clinic can offer some sedation to make the experience more pleasant. Good luck.

Answered 4/24/2015



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