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There are several reasons why women terminate pregnancies in the second trimester⇓. Many patients are referred to our office because there is something wrong with the fetus and terminating the pregnancy is in the best interest of the patient. Doctors refer their patients to us because they are confident that these patients will get supportive care in a nonjudgmental environment.
PBGS specializes in second trimester termination of pregnancy. In general, this procedure requires a two-day visit to our office. A second trimester surgical abortion⇓ in Brooklyn, NY is performed in a similar manner as a first trimester abortion. The patient’s cervix⇓ must be dilated, or opened, several hours or days prior to surgery. Since the dilation process is different for every woman, a second trimester abortion surgery may be performed on the same day as the dilation progress or up to one or two days after.
Our general protocol is that pregnancies between 16 weeks LMP⇓ and 24 weeks LMP will require a “Two-Day” second trimester procedure. Depending on your medical and pregnancy history, the physician may determine that for your safety a pregnancy earlier than 15 weeks will require a “Two-Day” procedure. Prior to starting any second trimester procedure, you will go through the procedural assessment as all other abortion patients.
Prior to second trimester abortion the cervix is dilated through the insertion of laminaria/lamicel insertion⇓. Laminaria are made of sterilized seaweed and look like tiny tampons. Lamicel⇓ are similar, but made of synthetic material. If Laminaria or lamicel is necessary to complete dilation, they must be inserted into the patient’s cervix by the physician prior to the abortion procedure. The Laminaria/Lamicel acts like sponges by absorbing the moisture in the patient’s vagina and expanding to gently open the cervix. This method of dilation prevents damage to the cervix by mimicking the gradual manner in which the cervix opens naturally.
The physician will perform the surgical abortion after dilation of the cervix is complete, this may take several hours up to overnight. You will be escorted to the operating room, and the procedure will begin after the anesthesiologist administer anesthesia to completely sedate you.
Once you are asleep, the physician will perform surgical termination of pregnancy. In addition, an ultrasound will be used during the entire surgery to ensure both the completion and safety of the procedure. The surgical procedure takes about 10-15 minutes. After surgery, you will be taken into the recovery room, where our staff will monitor you. All patients are encouraged to return to the office in two weeks for a follow-up visit and discussion of contraceptives.
Generally, women who undergo surgical abortion in abortion clinics in Brooklyn, NY experience little pain during the procedure. A woman experiences zero to no pain because the doctor provides a local or general anesthesia. Specialists say that women might experience some cramping for a few days following the procedure.
A woman will usually have her next period 4–8 weeks after having an abortion. After a second-trimester abortion, your first period might be shorter than usual. This can be explained by the fact that an abortion procedure empties the uterus, therefore there is less tissue to expel resulting in a lighter period. When it comes to medical abortion, a women’s first period might be longer as usual as the treatment involves hormones that impact the cycle length.
The recovery time varies from woman to woman. Late-term abortions entail longer recovery times. The recovery process can take more time if complications develop. Some women might even require hospitalization at an abortion clinic in Brooklyn, NY. However, it is typically necessary when complications are extremely severe. However, this is unusual and most women will recover within a few weeks.
It is common for a woman to feel exhausted or unwell after the procedure. Pain from cramping is also common and might feel intense at times. After your termination of pregnancy in an abortion clinic in Brooklyn, NY, you need to get enough rest and let your body recover. It is also recommended to avoid anything that is physically or emotionally draining. Keep in mind that after your pregnancy termination in Brooklyn, you are more prone to infection as it takes some time for the cervix to close. Therefore, you should avoid:
On the day of your procedure, you are not allowed to eat, drink, or smoke for eight hours prior to your surgery. Keep in mind that your surgery will be delayed if you have eaten anything before the surgery. Patients are sedated for this procedure meaning that you will not feel any pain or discomfort.
Two Day Abortion (dilation and evacuation, D&E) – a type of surgical abortion that can be performed in two days if more than 16 weeks and less than 24 weeks have passed since the first day of your last menstrual period.
Second trimester – a period of pregnancy from week 13 to week 28 (months four, five, and six).
Cervix (cervix uteri) – the lower part of the uterus in the human female reproductive system that connects the vagina and uterus.
LMP (last menstrual period) – the date of the first day of menstruation before the advent of pregnancy.
Laminaria insertion – a procedure when a laminaria stick is inserted into the vagina. A laminaria stick absorbs moisture and expands, gently opening the cervix.
Lamicel insertion – a procedure when lamicel cylinder (a polyvinyl alcohol polymer sponge impregnated with magnesium sulphate and compressed to form a thin cylindrical tent) is inserted into the vagina. Lamicel cylinder absorbs fluid from the cervical tissue and opens the cervix.
How many weeks have you been pregnant? On average, there are 28 days in a normal menstrual cycle, but it can last from as little as 22 to as many as 44 days.
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The calculations that are provided are estimates based on averages.
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