Termination of pregnancy is usually performed while sedated, in which case you will not feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure. If you choose to have local anaesthesia only (i.e. awake throughout the procedure) you may experience varying degrees of discomfort or pain. The procedure is of short duration thus discomfort, if it occurs, is limited to a period of a few minutes. Women compare the discomfort of a termination of pregnancy to the discomfort of menstrual cramps.