10 mins after taking the abortion tablet I was in agony; after 30 mins it was all over

When I first found out I was pregnant I was shocked, I was currently on the 'mini' contraceptive pill, so it was not expected or planned.

I went to see my doctor who confirmed my pregnancy and was really supportive about my decision to have a termination.

I then went to the hospital a week later, where they did a blood tests, I had some swabs to check for any infections, I also had a internal scan to check my gestation and I was given the first tablet.

I went to work the next day and was fine, I had no bleeding and no cramping, just felt a little nauseous.

The day after I was at the hospital for the 2nd tablet, I was told I would be there all day so had packed a little bag, little did I know it wasn't needed. I took the first tablet and went for a walk like they suggested.

Within 10 minutes I was in agony -  I was being sick everywhere

No position was comfortable, the ‘easiest’ place was to sit on the toilet with my head between my knees!! The pain was so intense I was being sick everywhere. I still hadn't had any bleeding at this time.

Within 30 minutes of taking the tablet I felt a ‘pop’ in my lower abdomen and felt something 'slip out'. The doctor came to check and she confirmed that I had passed the pregnancy.

The intense cramps and pains stopped all together and all I had was a period pain type cramp, which the nurse came and gave me some paracetamol for. 

I continued to bleed very heavily afterwards, some which had clotted.

I had arrived at the hospital at 9 and the nurse told me I was free to go home at half 12.

When I arrived home from the hospital I decided to research other people's experiences of the medical abortion and after reading some personal stories, I'm glad I hadn't researched it before having the abortion.

I think my symptoms seemed to be very mild, but as I was informed beforehand individuals react differently to the tablets, all I feel now is relieved that its all over.

This story was sent in on 22/11/2012 and it's been viewed 596 times.

Editor's comment

Thanks for sharing your account. It sounds as though your contact with health professionals was supportive, and apart from 30 minutes of intense pain, you felt you coped well.

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