Are you thinking about seeing a gynecologist regarding pregnancy termination?
If so, and you are in the second trimester of your pregnancy, then continue
reading to learn the answers to
common questions about terminating your pregnancy at this stage.
What happens during a pre-abortion evaluation?
When you visit a clinic about a possible abortion, your vital signs and
medical history will be taken. Also, blood tests will be performed to
check your blood count and Rh blood type. Next, you will be informed about
all your pregnancy termination options and their associated benefits and
risks. You will also receive information about what alternatives to abortion
How long does a second-trimester pregnancy termination take?
A second-trimester abortion is typically completed in anywhere from 1 to
3 visits. The purpose of this is to gradually dilate the patient’s
cervix to prepare for the pregnancy termination.
Are there non-surgical second-trimester pregnancy termination options?
Chemical abortions, which are non-surgical and involve the use of medications
to terminate a pregnancy, are an option for women who are less than 6
weeks pregnant by menstrual age. This type of termination is not an option
for second-trimester pregnancies.
How is a second-trimester pregnancy termination performed?
In the first stage of the pregnancy termination, your gynecologist will
use sterilized laminaria sticks to dilate your cervix. The second stage
of the pregnancy termination involves what’s known as the safest
way of terminating second-trimester pregnancies, called the dilation and
evacuation (D&E) method. The procedure is completed with the guidance
What should I expect after a second-trimester pregnancy termination?
Following your surgery, you may have some pain, discomfort, and intermittent
bleeding. You may also experience emotional side effects in addition to
the physical ones, so it’s important to have access to a family
member, friend, or professional who can provide you with the support that
you need during this time.
Do you have more questions about
pregnancy termination near Washington DC? If so, then please contact Washington Surgi-Clinic
today by calling (202) 659-9403.