Not such a horror story! My experience with medical abortion was a positive one
Medical abortion. Not such a horror story! My experience with medical abortion was a positive one. I read so many horror stories when googling the term 'medical abortion', I set myself up for something quite horrific!
I found out I was pregnant at 4 weeks.
I had just had the coil removed 6 weeks previous due to having problems with it, I was waiting for my period to start to take the pill.
Anyway that day never came so I tested myself, knowing I was pregnant as all the symptoms were there.
I chose abortion as I have a 2 year old and a 9 month old baby, there is only 16 months between them and I just don't feel physically ready to have another.
Anyway I went for my first scan at 5 weeks, they told me to come back a week later.
It looked as though there were two embryos, meaning twins
I was shocked and my partner who is also an identical twin was upset so we decided at that point that aborting one was hard enough, we couldn't abort two.
I went back a week later having set myself up that I was having two babies, they scanned me which revealed that one embryo had developed but the other was nothing more then an empty sac.
I was offered the first pill that day but having spoke to the nurse I felt as though I needed more time to make a decision.
I discussed things with my partner but having another child wasn't an option, I didn't want the responsibility of another (as awful as that sounds), and it just wasn't financially possible. We both work and are just living comfortably.
Plus I had to think of my other two children. My eldest was only a baby himself when I had my youngest, it just wasn't fair to bring another baby into the home that would need a lot of attention and push him out even more.
I rang the hospital back up the day after and told them that I did want to go ahead. They made an appointment for me to go back the following wednesday where I took my first pill. I was told to come back on the friday at 8 in the morning.
I started bleeding from the first pill 24 hours later so they rescanned me friday morning just to confirm I was still pregnant which I still was. I was then given my own bed, and my own bathroom with bedpans to pass the pregnancy tissue into.
The nurse inserted 2 tablets into my vagina. I was so scared of the pain but I guess I was lucky, I had mild back ache at the most.
I never required a pain killer
I starting passing the pregnancy tissue half an hour later, and spent the next few hours passing it in bits.
I was on a ward with another lady who got a hard time with the pain but she was given a pain killer and the pains went.
I was rescanned at 3pm and was told my uterus was now clear.
I was offered cups of tea and fresh water allday, was given breakfast and lunch. Had a clean bathroom, a bed and nurses there all day to help me.
I had an antibiotic when I had passed everything which is inserted in the anus. I did opt to do that myself, which is surprisingly easy to do!
They then rang my partner to pick me up and discharged me with strong painkillers (which I don't need), and antibiotics to take for a week.
This story was sent in on 21/01/2012