I found out I was 3-4 weeks pregnant and phoned the clinic immediately

I am 17 and I have been with my boyfriend for a year. I would love to have a baby, but at this time in my life I knew I was not ready and we have years yet to have a child.

I found out I was about 3-4 weeks pregnant and phoned the clinic immediately to book an abortion.

On my first appointment I had to answer many questions, then have an internal scan, which was my first ever internal scan and was a bit daunting but not all that bad, then finally I had my bloods taken.

They keep it all confidential and really make you feel like there is someone there to help you through it

They also offer counselling due to it being a hormonal rollercoaster.

The following week I had to take my first tablet. The following day after the tablet I threw up all day and I had a feeling that the next step of the medical abortion would be much worse, however, I was wrong.

I went in, in the morning with a bag full of comfy clothes ready to stay in hospital for the day. You were not allowed anyone with you which really upset me and as my mum had to leave me in the hospital.

I broke down, however the staff were so friendly and welcoming they soon calmed me down and I felt at ease with what I was about to go through.

8.30 was the time I took the tablets. There are 4 that have to be placed inside your vagina which make the womb contract and lose the pregnancy.

I came early on so the experience was like a very heavy period and you could tell when you had passed the pregnancy as you had to do everything in bed pans within the toilet.

After I had passed the pregnancy I had to wait a few hours to get the all clear. Then just before leaving they give you a bullet like tablet that you have to insert into your bum to help stop infection. I was out of the hospital at 2 o'clock.

A few days on now and I am feeling fine and it is just like having a regular period now. I was expecting to feel depressed afterwards due to me being heartbroken over it all, however I am the complete opposite I am extremely happy and feel like a weight has been lifted off my chest.

This has brought me and my boyfriend a lot closer and made us stronger and we are certain we want children in the future now after deciding on this together.


This story was sent in on 24/05/2011 and it's been viewed 1,076 times.

Editor's comment

Thanks for telling us of your experience of an early medical abortion. It's good that you felt well supported, and your mum was there for you. At 17 an unplanned pregnancy must have felt a daunting prospect, and I can understand that you were not feeling ready to have children at this time in your life. I hope that things work out for you.

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