Second Trimester Abortion Procedures

The second trimester of pregnancy lasts from 13 to 24 weeks since your last period. There are several second trimester abortion procedures that are performed to end a pregnancy during the second trimester. They may differ depending on how far along you are. You will find a brief description of several of them below. However for more information, please call us today to make an appointment.

D&E (Dilation and Evacuation)

At this point in your pregnancy, the fetus’s body is too large to be broken up by suction and will not pass through the suction tubing like it does in the first trimester. The D & E process begins with the dilation of your cervix about 24 hours before the procedure is actually performed.

Many women experience some pain during a D & E, so you may be given a local pain killer by shots around your cervix or general anesthesia. The baby is removed with forceps, along with the placenta and other tissue.

If the D & E is performed after 16 weeks, the size of the unborn child may require it to be removed from your uterus piece-by-piece using forceps and other medical instruments. The abortionist should keep track of all of the fetus’s body parts to make sure none are left inside you. A curette and suction may be used to take out any remaining tissue, since it can cause infection and bleeding if not removed.

D&E (Dilation and Extraction)

For pregnancies after 16 weeks of gestation, D & X procedure may be performed. It begins in most cases 24 hours before the procedure. The doctor dilates the cervix. Cone-shaped rods are used to gradually encourage the dilation process.

Once dilation of the cervix is complete, labor begins. The abortionist uses ultrasound to determine the position of the fetus. The baby will be rotated, and the legs will be grasped using forceps. Then, the torso, arms, and shoulders will be guided through the birth canal. The baby is then delivered feet first. While the head is still in the birth canal, an instrument will be used to make a hole at the base of the baby’s skull. A suction tube is inserted into it, and the contents of the baby’s head are suctioned out until the skull collapses. The baby is delivered dead.

Saline Or Induced Abortions

Saline or induced abortions are rarer than other second trimester abortion procedures. They are performed by injecting a salt water, urea, or potassium chloride chemical solution through your abdomen into the amniotic sac in your uterus. These chemicals induce premature labor. Sometimes additional vacuuming or scraping of your uterus may be necessary to remove the unborn child and placenta.

Call Us To Schedule An Ultrasound

Before making your choice about your pregnancy, you will need an ultrasound to determine whether you actually have a viable pregnancy or not. If you don’t, you won’t need to go through an abortion. But, you may need to see a doctor.  Call us to schedule a FREE pregnancy test and ultrasound. Please understand that although we are happy to discuss all of your options with you, we neither refer for nor perform abortions at our clinic.