What is Dilation and Evacuation (D&E)?
Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) is a safe method of abortion typically used after 14 weeks’ gestation. For D&E, the cervix is softened with agents used to help with dilation. These agents are often administered several hours, or even days, before the procedure. A trained clinician then uses a combination of instruments and Electric Vacuum Aspiration (EVA) to remove the pregnancy. An ultrasound may be used during the procedure. Depending on the gestation of the pregnancy, local anesthetic and/or sedative medication may be used to decrease discomfort for the woman during the procedure.
The availability of D&E depends on the laws or restrictions regarding abortion in different locations around the world. In some places, D&E may be available to women who desire an abortion for any reason, or it may be limited to women who seek an abortion for very specific health indications. 
 “Safe abortion: technical and policy guidance for health systems.” World Health Organization, second edition, 2012, www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/unsafe_abortion/9789241548434/en/. Accesed November 2020.
During an Abortion with Manual Vacuum Aspiration
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- What Are the Side Effects of a Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) Abortion?
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- What are the Different Gestational Ages for Each Method?
- What is an Induction Abortion?
- What is Dilation and Curettage (D&C)?
- What is Dilation and Evacuation (D&E)?
- What is an Electric Vacuum Aspiration (EVA)?
- What is a Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA)?
- What Are the Potential Risks and Complications For a Vacuum Aspiration Abortion?
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