The surgical abortion is usually performed under anaesthesia and you are extremely unlikely to experience any pain at all. Postoperatively you may experience mild discomfort very similar to your usual period pain, although very occasionally a patient may experience moderate or severe pain that requires intravenous analgesics (pain relief). A nurse will be beside you throughout your stay in recovery to ensure that adequate pain relief and care is provided. Rest assured that adequate pain relief is always given to those who are experiencing pain.
If you have chosen a medical abortion you will experience moderate to severe pain as the pregnancy gets expelled via medication. You can take pain relief tablets at home, however, if you are experiencing severe pain, you may need much stronger medications.