I am a 20 year old student who had medical abortion at 8 weeks.

I am a 20 year old student who had medical abortion at 8 weeks. I just want to share my story of exactly what I went through before, during and after the abortion after reading so many horror stories on here and I just want women out there who are awaiting abortion that not everyone has a bad experience ! I am 20 years old and in my second year at university, I have been with my boyfriend for 2 years but when we found out I was pregnant I instantly knew we weren't financially, mentally or emotionally ready for a baby yet. It was an easy decision to make as I know education and us starting a real life together was important before we brought a child into the world. When I found out I went straight to Brook, who set up the appointment at the hospital for 3 days later. It was fast but I was glad I just wanted to get it over and done with so I could move on. At my first appointment I had a blood test which for me was the worst part as I'm terrified of needles, then I had an internal scan and was told I was 7 weeks and 2 days pregnant. Since I was under 9 weeks I opted for the medical abortion and given an appointment for 5 days later. At the next appointment I was talked through the procedure and given a tablet and that was it, in and out in 5 minutes! I came back 2 days later at 8am. At this appointment I had to insert 4 tablets into my vagina and was told to sit in bed for an hour. I was told that I would start getting cramps and had to let a nurse know when I used the toilet by pressing a buzzer. I was told to walk around to get things moving. Nothing really happened for 3 hours so I took another 2 tablets but this time orally and waiting but still nothing happened, it was quite boring actually, no pain, no bleeding. So after 4 hours they let me go home, I was shocked as I had no idea what was going to happen and I was quite scared that it hadn't worked. Once home I sat on the couch and after about half an hour I started getting slight cramps, nothing major just like mild period pain. Then I suddenly felt a release, like coming on your period but more intense, so I ran to the toilet and then it happened. I bled quite heavy and felt a large clot come out, I sat for a while but the feeling of bleeding got lighter so I went back on the couch. I was still unsure as to whether I had passed the pregnancy because it was nowhere near as traumatic as I was expecting. I experienced some more heavier cramps in intervals but after a few hours they wore off and I was just bleeding lightly like a regular period for the rest of the night. It's now been 2 weeks since the abortion and I stopped bleeding after about a week and feel completely fine, both physically and emotionally. My experience was as easier than I ever could have imagined, minimal pain and bleeding and I haven't been emotionally affected, I've had great support from my friends and boyfriend and the hospital staff I was treated at were fantastic. I hope my story put some minds at rest and gives you some comfort going into your journey.

Editor's Comment

There is a great variety of experience with the medical abortion; some like you have mild cramps and bleeding, others experience very intense cramping and pain. I'm glad that you have had the support you needed from your family and friends. I know that helps a lot, as well as helpful health professionals.

This story was sent in on 28/02/2013

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