My surgical abortion at 17 weeks.
There was 4 other ladies in the waiting room all looking as nervous as me! Within half an hour I was called through to a room by a lovely lady! The woman talked through the procedure with me and checked my details asking me to sign a consent form! My iron levels were checked again and I was re scanned again to check I was ok! I was then given my file and asked to go back to reception. I handed over my file and was then took downstairs! I was taken into the recovery room where there was around 10 other women all in reclining chairs. I was greeted very warmly by the team and told to make myself feel at home in my allocated chair! I had to wait around half an hour before I was given the tablets that had to be taken to relax my cervix! I took the tablets at 11am and was told I would be taken in for the procedure at 2pm. Within half an hour I started experiencing quite bad cramps and back ache and the ladies were lovely and fetched me some hot pads to put on my back and belly! Waiting for 2pm to come seemed to take forever however the team made things so much easier! Always reassuring and trying to take our minds off everything! Finally at five past two I was called through by a nurse into a separate room and was asked to remove my lower garments and put a sheet round me. Within five minutes I was called into the theatre. I was greeted by the surgeon, anaesthetist and 2 ladies who were full of smiles and made me feel so much better! I was laid on the bed and the cannula was inserted and I didn't feel a thing! Within ten seconds I can't remember a thing and just remember waking up in the recovery room. I felt a little drowsy and had some cramping pains however when I came round I was given 2 pain killers and offered some tea and biscuits! Within half an hour I was dressed and feeling fine with little pain and sent home with some contraception and four tablets to take that evening after my tea! I just want to share my experience and say it is not as bad as you fear and the teams who carry out the procedures are so caring and welcoming! Yes you will be worried however there are people there to support you!