I am in France and in all honesty, although painful and messy, it wasn't unbearable in any way

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I never wanted to tell anyone this story as I suppose I am ashamed of myself (ourselves) for getting into the situation in the first place. But if I think one day I can help someone who has to make this terrible decision, then I will share my experience.

I'm not going to go into the ins and outs of why this had to happen, however, I consider myself lucky to be in a safe and loving relationship where the decision was mutual although extremely heartbreaking.

Having read some of the stories online I was terrified. However, this website was the most balanced and therefore the place where I wanted to share my story.

My medical abortion at 7 weeks

I had a medical abortion at about 7 weeks. I took the first pills on Wednesday and went home. I was fine, with no bleeding and a little cramping, but nothing at all to bother me.

On Friday I went in to the hospital to have the second set of pills. I took 2 at about 8 am dissolved on my tongue ( nobody mentioned this but my mouth hurt afterwards - sort of ached). The bleeding started shortly after this. Again cramps like a heavy period.

It wasn't until about 10 am that I felt I needed painkillers. I went for a walk around the hospital, then at about 10:45 I had cramps and felt like I needed a poo. I went to the toilet and pooed and passed a large clot. I flushed without looking.

At 11:00 I had 2 more pills - again dissolved on my tongue. After this, there was a constant pain which was eased by pain relief.

At about 12:15 they scanned me and told me it was done.

I am in France. In all honesty, although painful and messy it was not unbearable in any way.

Please take heart from this. If you can - spend the rest of the day relaxing, I had some jobs to do - we run our own business - and had family visiting so I had to put on a very brave face as we had told no one.

Painkillers have helped as has my amazing husband. I already have 2 children and one is still a baby so maybe this is why it wasn't so painful for me.

The pain has come and gone and took me a little by surprise on Saturday lunchtime as I thought it was all ok, painkillers and a nap sorted me out.

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Thanks for sharing your experience of medical abortion in France. It's helpful for readers in other countries to be able to access experiences of abortion where they live too.

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