The non-surgical, 5-minute Aspiration Procedure is one of the simplest and easiest methods for ending early pregnancy. This method can be completed anytime between 5 and 10 weeks into the pregnancy, estimated from the first day of your last normal menstrual period. This method is different from surgical abortion in a few significant ways. First, there is no electric machine, so it is quiet and the gentle suction that is caused from the handheld device used in this procedure is minimal, generally causing less intense cramping or “pulling” sensation. Also, because this procedure is non-surgical, the use of general anesthesia is not required. This is beneficial for a number of reasons including that the recovery time is much faster and there is a smaller health risk. The risks involved with general anesthesia alone are greater than the risks associated with the Aspiration Procedure. One of the most important differences for most women, however, is that, again, because it is non-surgical, the procedure does not have to be completed in an operating room. At Early Options, our Aspiration Procedure is performed in a private examination room, much like a normal pap test, and our patients are welcome to have a companion with them for support throughout the entire visit if they so choose. For many women, having their partner, family member, or friend with them can be a great comfort.