At Illinois Abortion Clinics, a second-trimester abortion is a termination of a pregnancy that is between 12 weeks and 17.5 weeks in gestation (we do not accept patients higher than 17.5 weeks in gestation). The gestation is determined with the help of an ultrasound.
A second-trimester abortion at Illinois Abortion Clinics is completed in two steps on two consecutive dates. This is necessary to allow the body time to prepare for the procedure. There are no incisions and it is completed by D&C (Dilation & Curettage).
On the first day, the Surgeon will insert Laminaria sticks (dried pieces of seaweed sticks) designed to help the cervix expand over the next 24 hours and prepare the body for a second-trimester abortion.
On the second day under Twilight anaesthesia, the Surgeon will remove the Laminaria sticks and perform the D&C.
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All Illinois Abortion Clinics are state of the art facilities that are AAAHC Certified. All procedures are performed by board-certified physicians and trained medical staff.
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