I had a medical abortion today at 6 weeks pregnancy and 30-yrs-old

I had a medical abortion today at 6 weeks into my pregnancy [more accounts and experiences of medical abortion and abortion at 6 weeks]. I am 30 and have a child and being in fresh relationship we decided for medical abortion (pill).

Everything went pretty smoothly. I went to my GP who arranged an appointment at the local hospital for me. It took about a week for me to go there.

They did an ultrasound scan and filled in some paperwork and gave me a new 2 appointments in a week's time for the abortion to take place.

On day 1 it is pretty quick. You will get a pill which is a hormone that will stop the fetus heart beating... sounds horrible I know but that is what it is.

The 2nd day I came really early to the hospital like 8.30 they took me to the room with my own toilet.

They explained to me that every time I go to the toilet I have to use these paper pans for catching pee, blood, poo and even the toilet paper you can't throw away.

A nurse came and inserted 4 tablets vaginally and a suppository into my bum: one is pain relief and the second antibiotics. They told me to drink lots of water and move all the time.

I had to rest for 30 minutes for tablets to dissolve and after that, I started to walk while watching tv....nothing happened for about 2 hours.

They made me a cup of coffee and I went regularly for a pee but no cramps and no bleeding. The nurses kept asking me, 'do you feel any cramps etc...?' I began to think this is a breeze.

Shortly after 10 o'clock, I had a little bit of blood on my toilet paper and it was just starting... I began to drip and bleed properly. I got cramps and pain but it was all bearable so I refused painkillers as I wanted to feel it properly... it is just me I am a tough cookie.

Just before 12 o'clock, I felt so sick to my stomach I had to crawl into bed and rest for a moment and I felt this urge to vomit. I ran to the toilet and the whole water content of my stomach went in heaps... and I almost never vomit in my life! It was so bad I got tears in my eyes. I called the nurse and she found me lying on the bathroom floor totally drained.

As she left I wanted to go to the toilet just to give it another push and suddenly I felt this lump coming out and there it was, a red fleshy placenta with tiny amniotic sac.

I couldn't see any fetus as at 6 weeks it's the size of a rice grain and maybe it is better this way. I called the nurse telling her that I thought I had passed it and she confirmed that I was right. 

Shortly after that I was advised to rest with my legs up and I was discharged shortly after that. My boyfriend picked me up and took me home.

I thought I would be fine but I felt drained and tired as never in my life. I had cramps for several hours and bright red bleeding.

You should definitely let somebody go with you as it is very physically demanding. My boyfriend was very supportive and amazing, I love him so much for being there for me.

I am still recovering as it is only today and almost 9 pm, but I feel much better now. I still feel a little bit pregnant but the nurse said I will feel like it for a couple more days. Anyway I am happy it went so quickly and I can recover.

I hope my experience will help others to mentally prepare for what is coming in case they need to undergo the same thing.

This story was sent in on 27/03/2012

Editor's comment

Thank you for sharing your experience and how you coped with a medical abortion. I am glad you had the support that you needed.

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