A difficult medical abortionBy anonymous on 07/05/2012
Hi, I had a medical abortion today and wanted to let everyone know about the experience I had. I first advised my doctor 2 weeks ago that I didn't wish to continue with the pregnancy. I am 28 and was 5 weeks pregnant. I then had my fist appt. made at the sexual health clinic for a scan 8 days later. I thought this appt. would also give me the first set of pills but it wasn't the case. Obviously I wanted to get this over and done with ASAP once I had made my decision so that the foetus was as young as possible. So I was quite disappointed to learn I would need to attend 3 more appts before this would be over. In the meantime I woke up one morning with bad cramps, dizziness, sickness etc so NHS Direct advised me to go to a & e to check it wasn't ectopic. They took my blood and scanned me there and found that it wasn't ectopic. I went to the first appt and told them all about the a & e visit. The scan results were on record but I was still scanned a second time anyway. The foetus was dated at 6 weeks and 2 days. I asked if the first pills would be given and then advised that they wouldn't and that they'd be given at the next appt at the hospital. This next appt was made in 3 days time. I got to this appt and told this was just to take my blood etc and sign paperwork. Again, I was in for yet more waiting and attended 2 appts in my opinion that weren't necessary and were just wasting my time and theirs, not to mention tax payers money in duplicating work. I then went to my 3rd appt to get the first pill. I thought it would be an in and out job but I had to wait at least 3 hours to get seen despite having an appt. The 4th appt for the vaginal pills was also a write off. When we arrived extra early and we were told there were no beds but the doctor would be discharging patients soon so to bear with them. We waited 2 hours before the nurse said I could take the pills now and wait in reception (with a load of strangers and crying babies etc - no thanks!) or wait around 1 hour for a bed. I asked if I could just have the pills now and go home. The nurse then called me in about 30 mins later to take my blood pressure, give me an anti d injection and asked me to swallow 4 antibiotic tabs now. She put the tablets into my vagina and asked me to wait for 20 mins to make sure I was okay. I felt the effects of the pills quite soon after, say 10 mins. As I was leaving the hospital, I was really sick and threw up all of the antibiotics. I think normally they are spaced out throughout the stay so it was probably drug overload. As soon as I got home, the sickness and excruciating pains/cramps really kicked in. It was like period pains x 1000. I was in a catch 22 where I couldn't take any pain relief as every time I took anything I would throw them straight back up. I basically had all of the symptoms I.e. flu, dizziness, temp, sickness, shaking and did the termination without any pain relief.