What is a Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA)?

Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) is a very safe method of abortion for pregnancies up to 14 weeks’ gestation. An MVA can be performed by a trained provider in a clinic or hospital.

During the procedure, the clinician uses instruments, including a silent suction device, to remove the pregnancy from the uterus. Most commonly, this procedure is performed using local anesthesia while the woman is awake, and it typically takes approximately five to ten minutes.

The woman is likely to experience cramping during the procedure, and there may be some bleeding on and off for several days or weeks afterwards. [1]

[1] “Clinical updates in reproductive health.” Ipas, 2020, www.ipas.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/ClinicalUpdatesInReproductiveHealthCURHE20-English-digital.pdf. Accesed November 2020.


*Nothing provided herein should be construed as professional medical advice and no medication / pills should be used without a prescription from a licensed / registered medical practitioner eligible to prescribe such medication in your local jurisdiction.