Second Trimester Abortion

Second Trimester Abortion

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 & Curretage).

On the first day the Surgeon will insert Laminara 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 anesthesia, the Surgeon will remove the Laminara sticks and perform the D&C.

To ensure that you have a healthy recovery make sure to:

Drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol while taking medications
Avoid any strenuous activities or heavy lifting (over 15 pounds).
DO NOT drive for 24 hours after surgery.
Monitor your temperature.
DO NOT immerse yourself in water until after your follow-up exam.
DO NOT use any type of a douching product
DO NOT use tampons, only maxi pads.
DO NOT engage in sexual activity.
If you have heavy bleeding (saturating 2-3 pads in an hour) or any large blood clots please call the center right away.
You can take any non-aspirin products for cramping.
Your menstrual period will usually return in 4-8 weeks.
You will need to make a follow-up exam in two weeks.
You can take any non-aspirin products for cramping.

Your menstrual period will usually return in 4-8 weeks.
You will need to make a follow-up exam in two weeks.

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.

You can now request an appointment online with any of our member clinics.

Abortion Services

At Illinois Abortion Clinics we understand that the decision to terminate a pregnancy is not an easy one and are dedicated to providing accessible and compassionate care for women seeking an abortion. All the Illinois Abortion clinics are AAAHC Certified Surgical Centers with board certified physicians and experienced medical staff.
We offer Abortions up to 17.5 weeks in gestation and Medical Abortion (Abortion Pill) up to 7 weeks in gestation.

STD Testing

All Illinois Abortion Clinics offer confidential STD Testing and Screening for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Genital Warts, Syphilis and HIV Testing.
Illinois Abortion Clinics offer the option for anonymous HIV testing as well.


We have several conveniently located Abortion clinics in Illinois including:
Chicago and Downers Grove.
Abortion Clinics in Wood Dale, IL
Abortion Clinic in SouthWest Suburbs of Chicago (Downers Grove);
Abortion Clinic in South Loop Chicago;
Abortion Clinics in West Suburbs of Chicago in Downers Grove and Glen Ellyn IL.
All of our Illinois Abortion Clinic procedures are performed by experienced and licensed physicians. Please be aware of accidentally booking an appointment at a misleading pro-life clinic or “women’s center.” Often these “clinics” do not provide abortion services, but instead try to talk women out of a legal abortion.

Birth Control

All Illinois Abortion Clinics are committed to helping patients find the birth control that fits their needs.

Our birth control options range from Birth Control Pills, and IUDs including Paragard.
We offer the Morning After Pill for
Emergency Contraception.
Our Permanent Birth Control options range from Tubal Ligations or Female Sterilizations for women to Vasectomies for men.