Second trimester abortion - 13 to 17 weeks

From 13 weeks onward you will undergo instrumental abortion. You may choose local anaesthesia or sedation ("twilight sleep"). If you choose sedation, you will be given medication to make you sleep first. If you have chosen local anaesthesia, you will feel the pricks of the anaesthetics and them some cramps similar to period cramps. Depending on the pregnancy term, the treatment takes between 10 and 20 minutes. You will given prostaglandin tablets a few hours before the treatment to make your cervix suppler. If you chose sedation, the doctor will wake you immediately after the procedure. Depending on the duration of the pregnancy, you will remain in the clinic for monitoring for 1.5 to 3 hours after treatment.

 

The total stay at the clinic is 6 hours on average.

Up to a pregnancy term of about 15 weeks, you may have an intra-uterine device (IUD) placed immediately after the treatment.

 

If your blood group and Rhesus factor are unknown, we will determine them. Because the Rhesus factor is particularly important for pregnancy termination, we need to know if you are positive or negative. If you are rhesus negative, we administer an antibody injection immediately after treatment.

 

You may not actively participate in traffic for 24 hours.

 

Three weeks after the abortion, you will visit the clinic for a checkup. The doctor will make an ultrasound during this checkup. You can also have a checkup with your own doctor.