Second Trimester
Surgical Abortion

Second Trimester
Surgical Abortion

D&C: Dilation & Curettage

Procedure

  • Suction aspiration can be used up to 15 weeks. In the second trimester a D&C procedure is typically also required, which uses a curette: a long, looped shaped knife that scrapes the lining, placenta, and fetus away from the uterus.
  • This procedure is usually short, but recovery may require staying at the clinic for a few hours following the procedure.

Risks and Side Effects

  • Cramping, bleeding/spotting, nausea, sweating, and feeling faint.
  • Less frequent side effects include possible heavy or prolonged bleeding, blood clots, damage to the cervix and perforation of the uterus.
  • Infection due to retained remains of the fetus and related tissues, an STD, or bacteria being introduced to the uterus, can cause fever, pain, abdominal tenderness, scarring, infertility and in some cases, death.

D&C: Dilation & Curettage

Procedure

  • In most cases, 24 hours prior to the actual procedure, the abortion provider will insert laminaria or a synthetic dilator inside the cervix.
  • Cone-shaped rods of increasing size are used to continue the dilation process.
  • The cannula is inserted to begin removing tissue away from the lining of the uterus. Then using a curette, the lining is scraped to remove any residuals.
  • If needed, forceps may be used to remove larger parts.
  • This may be a lengthier procedure than earlier pregnancy abortions.

Risks and Side Effects

The risks and side effects for a D&E are the same as those of a D&C, but they can be more severe. Most D&E procedures are performed in a hospital setting due to the increased risks of severe complications.

*Shady Grove Pregnancy Center does not perform or refer for abortions.

Are you considering abortion?

Are you unsure of your options?  Here at Shady Grove Pregnancy Center we specialize in helping you through the process. Our counselors will answer your questions in a caring and confidential way.  We would be happy to serve you.

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Answers To Common Questions

Making an appointment is a great way to ensure that you can be seen at a time convenient for you. We do accept walk-ins, provided that a counselor is available.
We recommend you make an appointment if you think you are pregnant, have missed your period, or have pregnancy related questions.
You will meet with a trained counselor to go over your information and a pregnancy test will be performed. With a positive pregnancy test, we can then set up an appointment for an ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy and its viability.

All our services are provided free of charge.

We absolutely understand the comfort of bringing a loved one with you to your appointment. You’re welcome to bring your boyfriend, family member or friend with you.
We adhere to a strict privacy and confidentiality policy. Clients will be protected from disclosure of information that violates their right to privacy except where required by law.

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