A medical abortion at 8 weeks
Two days later I returned to the clinic for the second part. I was given 4 small tablets which I was able to insert inside my own vagina, antibiotics, strong painkillers and a pregnancy test to do 3 weeks after. They also provided me with birth control in the form of the combined pill. After about two hours of inserting the pills I began to get stomach cramps which felt like slightly worse versions of my usual period pains. As these got worse I took the painkillers they gave me and had a nap with a hot water bottle.
When I woke up after a couple of hours the bleeding had started and when I went to the toilet I passed the pregnancy, in the form of large blood clots. Although this wasn't a pleasant experience it wasn't unbearable and I couldn't see anything unpleasant. The bleeding continued heavily throughout the day but it really wasn't as bad as I had expected, and the pain was easy to control with regular pain killers and hot water bottles. By the next day the bleeding had reduced to that of a normal period and the pain had got less intense. Overall my experience was a lot easier than I had imagined, due to the stories I'd read online! I was lucky to have the support of my family and boyfriend. I hope that sharing my experience will help people, especially people around my own age, who are contemplating a medical abortion realise that they aren't as awful as is made out.