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 baby 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 baby 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.

Fetal Development Weeks 13-20

The following describes some of the developmental steps of the baby during the time frame when a woman is eligible for a D&E abortion. 1

  • The fetus kicks, moves and can turn from side to side.
  • The eyes have been gradually moving to the front of the face, and the ears have moved from the neck to the sides of the head. The fetus can hear your voice.
  • The fetus is developing reflexes, like swallowing and sucking.
  • The fetus can respond to certain stimuli.
  • The fetus goes through cycles of sleep and wakefulness.
  • Eyelids are beginning to open, and the eyebrows and eyelashes are visible.
  • Fingerprints and toeprints have formed.
  • Rapid growth is continuing in fetal size and weight.

Johns Hopkins Medicine (n.d.). Pregnancy: The second trimester. Retrieved from https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/adult/pregnancy_and_childbirth/second_trimester_85,P01234

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Answers To Common Questions

Lifeline Pregnancy Help Center continues to remain open and has taken all necessary precautions to protect our clients, staff, and volunteers from COVID-19. We limit appointments to ensure the safety of our clients and staff, so please call ahead for your specific time slot. Masks or face shields are required for all staff, volunteers, and clients.

To ensure the safety of our clients and staff, it is best to make an appointment to minimize your office wait time. Please call us at (336) 526-5433 or schedule online.

We recommend you make an appointment if you have missed a period, have any pregnancy related questions, or think you or a friend might be pregnant.

After completing paperwork, you will meet with our professionals to go over your information and a pregnancy test will be administered. We will provide access to an ultrasound exam to confirm your pregnancy. 

All our services are provided free of charge.

We absolutely understand the comfort of bringing a loved one with you to your appointment. However, due to Covid-19, we are limiting our visits to our clients only. Your boyfriend, family member or friend can drop you off and wait nearby until your appointment is over. We do make exceptions so please inquire when you call to schedule your appointment. 

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, required for public health reasons, required to avert a threat of harm to the client or a third person, or when other circumstances may reasonably warrant such use or disclosure without prior authorization (e.g., abuse reporting, suicide/homicide prevention.

What others are saying about Lifeline Pregnancy Help Center

What others are saying about Lifeline Pregnancy Help Center

Thank you so much LifeLine Pregnancy Help Center for all you’ve done for me through the years.  The staff served me with compassion, listen to my concerns, and provided me with accurate information about my thoughts about abortion options.
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Thank you so much LifeLine Pregnancy Help Center for all you’ve done for me through the years.  The staff served me with compassion, listen to my concerns, and provided me with accurate information about my thoughts about abortion options.
J.R.
Amazing people just like family, so much joy everytime we come in 🙂 so grateful for lifeline and the wonderful spirit it brings! I learned so many things I never knew!
Ally M.
LifeLine means a lot to me. They have helped me in so many ways. The staff is very friendly and always willing to help anyone.