Can I be sedated if I’m getting an abortion procedure?

ribbon Medically reviewed Aug 2020 by Robin Watkins, CNM, WHNP-BC

If you’re having an abortion procedure, you may have the option to have IV sedation during your procedure. If you have “conscious sedation” administered this way, you’ll be awake but very relaxed, and the procedure should be virtually pain-free. If you have general anesthesia, which is a type of IV sedation that puts you to sleep completely, you won’t feel or experience anything during the procedure—you’ll simply wake up and it will be over. Sedation generally costs extra.

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