I felt I couldn't go ahead with the pregnancy
I had a Medical abortion yesterday. I am 37 years old and had only been seeing my boyfriend for a few weeks so felt I couldn't go ahead with the pregnancy.
Also for financial reason, I also already have 2 children aged 12 and 13. Which were also both accidents!!
Yes I should have more sense by now but accidents happen!
I had arranged an abortion with my first child and after a very difficult couple of weeks of “yes we'll keep it” and “no we can't” I turned up at the hospital and my then partner said “we can't do this” and we just drove home! she is now 13 and a great kid.
I didn't know how I was going to cope as I was only 23 and still living with parents but things work out!
This time, I didn't go through with the pregnancy
Anyway this time I decided not to go through with the pregnancy
It has been a little emotional and I have had a few tears and felt very tired and sick also had a couple of weeks of slight bleeding/spotting!
I luckily had a dr's appointment already booked so didn't have to wait the usual week plus for an appointment. He refered me to the local NHS hospital which took a couple of weeks for my appointment.
The first appointment was the monday for a dating scan which showed I was 7½ weeks pregnant and counselling to see which method, and my reasons for wanting an abortion, also to check future contraception.
I chose the Medical method and was given dates to return
The following Saturday I returned for the first tablet.
I had no side effects and just had to wait in the hospital for an hour and then the Monday 8.30 for the full day in hospital.
When I arrived I was given my own room with a bed, sink & commode. My partner came to support me and I was a little horrified that there was no private toilet but I suppose all hospitals are different! I just had to send him out the room when I needed to go.
The nurse put 4 tablets into my vagina and an antibiotic suppository up my bottom.
Nothing much happened and I had to lay down for an hour then walked around the room to try and get things going.
After a couple of hours, I started to get period pains
I waited a while and requested some paracetamol not long after taking these I was sick.
I asked for more paracetamol but was given codeine. I was offered a sickness injection but the sickness passed once I had been sick.
It was not nice. I had diarrhoea and also passed some blood/clots. I had to press the buzzer for the nurse to check and change the toilet after each time.
By 2pm the nurse confirmed I had passed the tissue and was told I could leave after an hour as they just had to monitor blood loss. But as my blood group is Rh neg I had to wait for an injection which did not arrive until 6pm.
I was then given 4 large antibiotic tablets to take there and I was able to leave.
Today I feel fine the sickness & tiredness have gone I have had some bleeding but not as bad as I thought and I have not had anymore pain killers since the hospital.
I was also ok to drive myself home from hospital. But if you need to have injected painkillers I don't think you are able to drive.
Everyone is different but I do believe I have made the right decision.
I was curious and researched 8-week old embryos on the internet
I did look at what I passed but I didn't see anything just blood and clots so I suppose it's best not to look.
I have also learnt to be much more careful in future as it has been a very difficult and emotional past few weeks but I do feel fine now.
This story was sent in on 09/02/2011