Abortion is a general term that refers to the termination of a pregnancy. Many people believe there is only one type of abortion. As a matter of fact, there are several different types of abortions that are performed during different milestones in a pregnancy. Three very common abortion procedures include: the abortion pill, vacuum aspiration, and D & E.
D & E Dilation and extraction (D & E) is another type of abortion procedure. This abortion is completed during the second trimester of pregnancy. Since the contents of the uterus are larger, the cervix must be dilated over a one to two day period. Once there is enough dilation, the woman is put under anesthesia and all contents of the uterus are removed. This abortion procedure is slightly more serious, so ultrasounds are completed to be sure all uterine contents have been removed.