I'm 30, don't have children, and knew instantly I'd have a termination

I had an early medication abortion this morning and wanted to tell my story to help other women who may scared of the process.

I am 30 years old and do not have children. I found out I was pregnant just over two weeks ago following quite a casual relationship.

I've always wanted to have a baby, but at the moment don't think that I am 'set up' in the best way to provide stability for a child. So I knew instantly that I would have a termination.

My first tablet was taken on Thursday morning and although I had suffered from terrible nausea, tiredness and headaches during this pregnancy.

I felt well enough to return to work after the appointment.

I went to the hospital at 6am this morning and was immediately told to insert four tablets vaginally and an antibiotic pessary into my anus.

I was told to sit in the waiting room and return to the doctor at 8am.

During that time I felt cramping as if I was about to start my period. They would come in waves and increase in strength before dying off again.

About 1½ hours into my wait, I went to the toilet and saw that I has begun to bleed.

At 8am, I returned to the doctor who gave me two more tablets and some painkillers for the 'contractions' and was told to wait a further 20 minutes; after that I would be allowed to go home.

I left the hospital shortly after. Still in pain, but it was fairly manageable as I used to have really painful clot-like periods. This felt very similar. I even managed to run for the bus, something that I would never have thought possible.

Back home, I continued to pass clots and a jelly-like mass no bigger than the palm of my hand, which I genuinely believe was the gestational sac.

The pain has continued to ebb and flow along with the bleeding and the clots but overall I'm feeling ok.

One other point I must add is that I did have a terrible bout of diarrhoea which unnerved me. 

Emotionally I'm fine.

This story was sent in on 26/07/2011 and it's been viewed 1,121 times.

Editor's comment

It sounds as though your experience has been fairly straight forward, and your decision to end your pregnancy seemed very clear cut for you.

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