Day-Patient Treatment/Surgery / Gynekologisk avdeling

Surgical Termination of Pregnancy

Surgical termination is performed as a day-patient treatment, meaning the patient in most cases leaves the hospital on the same day the procedure is performed. When you apply for termination of the pregnancy, you will see a doctor and a nurse in the Outpatient Clinic, Gynecologic Department.
Here below you will have detailed information about the procedure of surgical termination of your pregnancy.



You must not eat or drink anything on the morning before the procedure. This includes both food, fluids and smoking after midnight on the morning of the abortion.

Please bring with you any medication you take to the hospital.


Do not wear any jewelry, including earrings, piercings, and rings. Remove nail polish and make-up. You should not use contact lenses or perfume.


Mobile phones are allowed in the hospital.


You can buy food in the cafeteria, or bring your own food. You will be offered something to drink at the ward.


At the Ward

When you arrive at the ward, you will be met by a nurse who will go through the details of the treatment with you. You will be given medications for pain and nausea. You will also be given four tablets of misoprostol (Cytotec), which softens the neck of the uterus (cervix). Dip these four tablets in water and insert them vaginally as far as possible.

The Procedure

Before the procedure you will be taken down to the operating room, where you will be sedated and receive a general anesthetic. The procedure takes 10-15 minutes. The cervix is dilated, and the contents of the uterus are removed surgically.


After the Termination

You will return to the day-patient ward, where you will be monitored until you are fully awake and ready to go home.
If your blood type is rhesus negative, you will receive an injection of anti-D gammaglobulin before you leave the hospital.


A menstruation-like bleeding is common after surgical termination. It usually subsides within the first week after the procedure, but can last up to 3-4 weeks.


You can expect the first period four to six weeks after the abortion.

Sick Leave

In most cases the “egenmelding” allowance of 1-3 days is sufficient.

Return Home

In most cases patients can leave the hospital the same day as the procedure. Because of the medications you receive, you should not drive a car on the day of the abortion. You should ask someone to pick you up at the hospital.


You should start contraceptives the same day as the termination. To minimize the risk of infection you must not use tampons, bathe in a bathtub, or have intercourse for as long as there is a bleeding after the termination, and for a week after the bleeding has subsided.
Contact the Gynecological clinic if you experience increasing abdominal pain, bleeding and/or a temperature over 38.0 °C / 100.4 °F.


In rare cases, the abortion is not successful, and the pregnancy continues. Please do a pregnancy test four weeks following the abortion, to confirm that the pregnancy is successfully terminated. The test can be bought in the pharmacy or be done at any doctor’s office. If the test is positive, you should call the hospital.

Advice and councelling

A womans reaction after an abortion can vary from a feeling of relief to sadness and depression. Amathea is a free health service that offers consultation before and after abortion. The councellors at Amathea have much experience working with issues related to unplanned pregnancy and abortion. You can contact Amathea at Tlf. 815 32 005. You can read more about Amathea at www.amathea.no

Risks and complications

Complications are rare. Bleeding and infection can occur. Perforation of the wall of the uterus is very rare. The risk of an abortion affecting future fertility is minimal.

Contact information


Parking Øya

Transportation Øya

Bus - Local and the surrounding districts

The best way to plan your travel is to visite the website of AtB and use the "Reiseplanlegger" (planner):

Bus - Airport

Flybussen: http://www.flybussen.no/en 


Marienborg is the nearest train station to the hospital at Øya:

There is local bus service to and from the Trondheim Central Station:

Practical information


Note: Not all departments at St. Olav have the service to call you back, except for some outpatient clinics and laboratories.

What is callback?

Callback means that the telephone service is open to the public 24 hours so that you can give your message regardless of opening hours.

Remember personal identity number before calling

Please have your personal number - 6 or 11 figures - ready before calling. This will be of great help when we call you back.

If you are calling on behalf of others, for example children, the child's personal number must be entered.

Payment for not meeting

Note that cancellation must be made at least 24 hours before the appointment. Cancellation later than 24 hours before the appointment causes a fee of NOK 640 (in 2016)

Food. Places to eat

There are several places to eat in the hospital.

"Mat og cafe" of St. Olavs Hospital offers a variety of food in the centers at Øya, at Lian and in the local hospitals in Røros and Orkdal.

"SiT" on behalf of the NTNU, runs cafes at Øya helsehus and in the Medisnteksniske senter.

There are also a cafe in the Rusklinikken in Klostergata 48.

​Read more: Mat og cafe

Patient hotel


Opening hours:
  • Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 19:00
  • Saturday: 1000 - 1400

Phone 73 86 42 00

Read more about the Pharmacy


Shops within the Hospital area at Øya:

  • Bunnpris, located in Elgesetergate 18
  • Coop Prix in Klostergata 46


St. Olavs Hospital offers a free wireless guest network called HMNGuest. The guest network is available at all hospital locations throughout the region.

  • Connect to your wireless network HMNGuest
  • Open your browser and follow the instructions
  • You will receive a password by SMS and then you can use guest network online
  • Passwords are valid for one week at a time. Passwords can be sent to any mobile phone with a Norwegian mobil number

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