Question: How Do Doctors Perform Abortions?

How is a second trimester abortion performed?

During the second trimester, 14 to 23 weeks after your last menstrual period, abortions are typically performed over a two to three day period but don’t require an overnight stay in the hospital.

These procedures are known as dilation and evacuation (D&E).

Can you get an abortion at a hospital?

You can get an in-clinic abortion at many Planned Parenthood health centers. You can also get an abortion from some private doctors or gynecologists, family planning clinics, and abortion clinics. Contact your local Planned Parenthood for more information about where to get an abortion in your area.

Do Abortions hurt?

Abortions may cause some pain or cramping, but many women can manage this discomfort. The level of pain and other side effects that a woman may experience largely depend on the type of abortion she has. The three most common types of abortion are: medical abortions.

What to expect after an abortion?

After a surgical abortion, you may have cramps and light bleeding for up to 2 weeks. Most women can return to normal activities 1 to 2 days after the procedure. Deciding to end a pregnancy is never easy. After an abortion, it is normal to feel relief, sadness, or guilt.