A medical termination

When I was 17 I decided to have a medical termination. I wasn't in a stable relationship and knew I didn't have enough to offer a child financially.
I went to see my gp who referred me to our local hospital where I was made an appointment to run tests and have blood taken.
Next I was given an appointment where the first pills were given to me to take orally, even though going to these types of clinics can seem daunting it wasn't actually as bad as I expected.
Next I went to my second appointment where the rest of the pills were administered vaginally by a nurse. I decided that I didn't want to have anyone with me which was the only mistake I made. I would recommend everyone deciding on this option should have a friend or relative there.

This is a time when you really do need someone.

After the second lot of pills were given I was shown to a bed on a ward as there were no private rooms available. This was quite uncomfortable having to run to the toilet and feeling that everyone knows why was quite embarrassing.
I had slight period pains but nothing unbearable, I felt like drinking water throughout the process which helped the passing to be much faster. I had to use bed pans to monitor the passing and the nurse told me I was fine to leave after only a few hours.
I had no after affects and went back to everyday things pretty much straight away. Although this is a hard decision I can honestly say leaving the hospital afterwards actually felt like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders.

Editor's Comment

Thanks for describing your experience of a medical termination. You can call the national helpline, log on to Online advisor, or follow the link to find a centre for post abortion support in your area.

This story was sent in on 15/10/2013

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