Suction Curettage: between 6 to 14 weeks after last menstrual period.
- After widening of the cervix with rods a plastic tube is inserted into the uterus to remove the contents via suction.
- A loop-shaped knife called a curette may be used to remove any remaining contents.
- Due to the manual opening of the cervix a general anesthetic is typically given.
- Side effects include cramping, pelvic pain, heavy bleeding, and possible risk of infection.
- Sources: http://americanpregnancy.org/unplanned-pregnancy/surgical-abortions/