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Starting (inducing) labour and delivery in the second or third trimester of a pregnancy is done using medicines. Your doctor may also use a medicine to stop your pregnancy before the induction abortion. This is given by injection into the uterus, either through your belly or vagina.
To prevent complications, the cervix may be slowly opened (dilated) with a device called a cervical (osmotic) dilator before the induction is started. Medicines to start early labour can be:
The different medicines available for an induction abortion may be combined for effectiveness and to decrease the amount of bleeding.
An induction abortion does cause you to go through the stages of labour and delivery. Pain medicines can be used during the procedure.
As your body returns to its non-pregnant condition, there are some things you can expect during the days and weeks after the procedure.
Here are some things to do as you recover:
Induction is one option for abortion in the second or third trimester.
Induction abortion is effective in the second and third trimesters.
Dilation and evacuation (D&E) is more commonly used in second-trimester abortions. It is safer, quicker, and more effective than induction abortion.
The risk of problems from induction abortion is rare. But some problems may include:
Current as of: August 2, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Rebecca H. Allen MD, MPH - Obstetrics and Gynecology & Kirtly Jones MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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