A D&E is most commonly used during the second trimester because it has a lower complication risk than induction abortion.
Nonsurgical method in the second trimester
Induction abortion ends a second-trimester pregnancy by using medicines to start (induce) contractions, which expel (push) the fetus from the uterus. If the fetus has severe medical problems, a woman may choose to have an induction abortion.
See the What to Think About section of this topic for a comparison between medical abortion and surgical abortion.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
June 04, 2014
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