A medical abortion at 22 years old

I am 22 years old, a graduate nurse and I found out that I was pregnant about a month ago.
I have a boyfriend and I just never thought that it would happen to me. I kept being sick randomly, feeling constantly nauseous. Did a pregnancy test, it was negative. A day later I knew it wasn't right and I did another and it was positive.

I was completely gutted and in shock

Like I said I never thought it would happen to me. I knew straight away I didn't want a baby, it was not the right time at all. I thought abortions at the early stages were literally taking one pill and that's that, having a bit of pain and there you go - it wasn't!
I was referred here and there, had to wait 2 weeks from going to my GP until the actual termination. If I knew how bad it was going to be I would have been more careful from the start.

It was the worst pain I have ever felt in my life

I actually though I was going to die. The nurse said it would feel just like a heavy period so instead of staying in hospital I opted to go home and they said nothing about it.
Thank god my sister was there with me when it happened, I nearly called an ambulance it was that bad. However the nurse said I had to push it out, and after I crawled to the bathroom it actually made me feel ten times better and the pain subsided.
It was a really horrible experience the whole two weeks - I am surprised I have never been educated or heard stories of how bad abortions are, even at the early stages.
I am genuinely gutted that it wasn't "the right time" for me to have a child, and if you do become pregnant make sure you have family and friends around you and especially on the day of the termination.

Editor's Comment

The referal procedure for medical and surgical abortion is the same, and it can often be 2 to 3 weeks from referal before the procedure is done. The abortion experience does vary from person to person, but it sounded as though you felt unprepared for the pain that you went through. I think women should be told that some people experience quite severe pain, so that you could take stronger painkillers. If you need to talk this experience through with someone please call the national helpline to speak to a trained advisor.

This story was sent in on 09/11/2010

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