Today I had a surgical abortion. I was awake with local anaesthetic.
If you're reading this like me I looked everywhere for information, people's personal experiences so I could prepare myself for what to expect. I had loads of different expectations.
I went into the room, was greeted by a nurse, given paracetamol and a tablet that dissolves to soften the cervix.
Then I went into the theatre room. They inserted the speculum which is really uncomfortable but not painful at all. Then injected me 3 times.. in my honest opinion these were like a tiny pinch.
They then started the procedure. It was terrible!From when they put the vacuum tube in I was in total pain. I did not expect it to be so bad. I had gas and air that really helped, I was definitely not prepared for this pain, very very intense. I thought after 3 labours I would have coped a lot better. Loads of people are different, I don't want to put people off.. just want to make them aware of all the different possibilities.
The whole thing lasted not even 10 minutes, but seemed like a life time. They then scanned my tummy to make sure everything was clear and fitted a coil.
The pain after was like bad period cramps. It wore off within the next hour but was still bad.
The nurses were really friendly and very supportive.
I don't want to make this a story about me and my choices, hence the short story. I just want to help people like me who look for information about the whole thing.