I had a medical abortion yesterday and was 5 1/2 weeks pregnant.

I had a medical abortion yesterday and was 5 1/2 weeks pregnant. I am 22 years old and about to start university in 2 weeks, so there was no way I could keep the baby. The father was a guy I had been seeing, but I wasn't in a relationship with him. I told him I was pregnant and we both agreed a termination would be the best option, as I was starting a demanding course and neither of us were financially secure. I went in to the family planning clinic on 4/9/14 and explained my reasons for wanting to terminate. I was given a scan to determine how far gone I was, bloods taken to check for anaemia and a self swab for chlamydia testing. I was then given the first tablet to swallow (Mifepristone). The nurse was amazingly nice and helpful and didn't judge at all through the appointment. I was told I may feel sick & exhausted after taking the first tablet and could have some mild bleeding and cramps. I took it and then was allowed to go home - I did some shopping, then lay in bed. I felt a tiny bit sick but I didn't actually vomit which was a plus! I had very very minor twinges in my belly but nothing that was a severe as cramps, and then I was fine after a few hours. I had no bleeding. Yesterday 5/9/14 I went back to the hospital to get the other pills. She have me a glove and the 4 tablets and I was able to insert them vaginally with ease. I was allowed home as I had no further health problems and was told to take paracetamol & ibuprofen for the pain. In the car home I was cramping a bit and felt a bit sick, but it was nothing I couldn't handle. I got home and filled up my hot water bottle and lay in bed. The pain then started to get a lot worse; I have never had a heavy period, so I don't know if this is normal 'period cramps' but to me they were unbearable. I took 2 dihydrocodeine (as had taken paracetamol and ibuprofen at the hospital) and tried to get comfy. The pain was coming in waves just like a contraction, and the painless moments in between was bliss! I was back and fourth to the toilet just hoping for the pain to end. I passed a lot of blood and clot like material. I found a good position and lay like that for a good hour or so, until the pain started to decrease. All in all, I was in pain from 12 - 6pm, and then it died down. I managed to have a shower and even go to a friend's house afterwards! I would say it was a positive experience - although painful, it didn't feel like I was going to die or that something was wrong. I feel at peace with my decision now and can't wait to start uni!

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