My medical abortion pain was not as as I'd been expecting

I had a medical abortion yesterday and the pain was not as bad as I had been expecting. I was expecting pain similar to when I had salmonella food poisoning a few years ago, but it was not as bad as that.

Having said this, I took 2 x 500mg paracetamol and 2 x 200mg ibuprofen just before having the four tablets inserted.

I kept taking the tablets for the rest of the day as per the instructions.

I also held a hot water bottle to my stomach or back for a lot of the day and I was 6 weeks 4 days pregnant.

There was some pain and a lot of blood (and two large clots) - much heavier than my normal period.

Today I am still bleeding quite a bit, but no clots.

This story was sent in on 22/08/2011

Editor's comment

It varies a lot from person to person and I am sure taking pain killers helps.

I hope that your post-abortion recovery goes well but please contact a centre if you need any help or support.

Previous/next story

An abortion 5 years ago

Previous story
An abortion at 19 weeks and 3 days

Next story

Most read stories about abortion

Free help & support

If you're struggling through a situation similar to this Abortion story, or have been affected by issues in the past, no matter how long ago, help is available.

Get free, sensitive & confidential help - find your nearest centre:

Tell your story

Telling your story to others can be difficult but rewarding and you may just help somebody going through the same thing:

Tell your story →

Story Categories

Click the following links to see stories in these categories: