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Choices: Surgical Abortion
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)
Surgical method in the second trimester
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
See the What to Think About section of this topic for a comparison between medical abortion and surgical abortion.
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