A surgical abortion ends
a pregnancy by surgically removing the contents of the uterus. Different
procedures are used for surgical abortion, depending on how many weeks of
pregnancy have passed.
Care before and after a surgical abortion includes a physical exam and lab tests, education about what to
expect, self-care instructions, symptoms that mean you should call your doctor,
and birth control planning.
Surgical methods in the first trimester (5 to 12 weeks)
A D&E is most commonly used during the second
trimester because it has a lower complication risk than induction
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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