On the second visit you will be admitted to the unit. You may bring someone with you who will be able to stay with you. You can expect to be there at least six to eight hours. In some circumstances you may need to stay in over-night, this will be discussed with you by the nurse on the unit at time of admission. You must arrange an escort home by car or taxi.
On the unit you will be given some pessaries, these are small tablets that you place high up into the vagina to make the womb contract, (a nurse can do this if you are unsure).
If the pregnancy is less than nine weeks you maybe given two more tablets to swallow approximately four hours after the vaginal pessaries. If the pregnancy is over nine weeks you may need to take more tablets over three hours until the pregnancy aborts.
During this time you will have some bleeding and period like cramps will develop. Most women will only need simple pain killers, but if your pain is more severe please ask the nurse for some stronger pain killers. The nurse will encourage you to mobilise as this helps relieve some of the discomfort.
You can eat and drink as you wish.
Once you have started to bleed you will need to use bedpans so that the nurse can observe for the pregnancy to be passed (the nurse will explain this to you on admission).