This type of abortion begins with the woman laying on her back on a surgical table and placing her feet in stirrups. A pain medicaton is administered to the cervix. Next, a cone shaped rod is inserted into the cervix so the cervical muscles stretch to allow the abortion instruments to pass into the uterus. Through this opening, a suction tube is placed inside the uterus. A doctor guides the suction device around the uterus, suctioning the small fetal parts out through a tube. During this procedure, the doctor must operate by touch alone, because there is no way for him to see inside the uterus.
The abortion pill is approved to be used up to the seventh week after a woman's last period. Abortion administered by RU 486 may require between one and three doctor visits.