A sequel to the 7 week medical abortion

I wanted to follow up on the 7 week medical abortion. I would like to add I did start taking the pop on my first day of bleeding. 6 days after the termination I started bleeding heavily and passing bigger clots. Eventually I was driven to a and e, and within an hour I was in theatre having an evacuation of retained products of conception (erpc). I lost a lot of blood and had 2 units transfused. I was very scared. This whole process has left me traumatised, from the start of the mood swings to eventually being hospitalised. It has taken a good 2 months out of mine and my family's life, if I didn't have such a supportive partner I don't know how things would have gone.

I haven't had a chance to grieve for the baby, in some ways I don't feel I deserve to.

I'm still not anywhere near 100 percent but life goes on. There is a risk of needing surgical intervention after a medical termination which we are all told about, however I would like others to know about my experience.
I am a grown woman with a supportive family, the importance of support is paramount. I find it hard to write my experience down but it may help others in their decision. I will never go through this again, I will be going back to the method that had always worked for me (condoms) and **if this situation arises again there will be no abortion**

Editor's Comment

Thank you for this update. I am so sorry that you have had such a difficult experience. As you say everyone is warned about possible surgical intervention, but you don't expect it to happen to you. I hope that your contraception works for you in the future. Condoms are very effective if 'used properly every time'. I do believe that you have the right to grieve for the child you have lost, and if you would like support in the future please contact CareConfidential.
This story was sent in on 15/01/2012

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