Surgical abortion experience

This is a story about my positive surgical abortion experience. I had an abortion at about 7 weeks pregnant. I chose the surgical because I was uncomfortable with the idea of miscarriage of the medical abortion.

I am in New Zealand so some parts might be different to other stories.I got to the hospital (there's a seperate clinic within the hospital) with my boyfriend and a friend and they put me in my own room (everyone gets a room) and put an IV line in my arm and gave me some drugs to help with anxiety, cramps and to loosen up the cervix to make the procedure easier. After about an hour or so when it was clear the drugs had started working I was led down to the small operating room. I had to take off my undies and wait in the gown until the table was ready. When I was lying on the table they injected a few more things to make me feel completely out of it. The nurses were talking to me and a radio was playing. Then all I felt was my cervix being stretched, it felt a bit like a smear test, and otherwise not much else. I also got the mirena put in immediately after they had finished. I was in the room for about 7 minutes and was surprised when they said it was all over because I barely felt anything! they put a thing like a disposable nappy with a pad on it on me Then they wheeled me back to my room to rest and told me to pee/eat/drink.

It was all very easy and relaxed. They also put some anti infection drugs in my bottom so I wouldn't throw them up. I slept for about ten minutes in the room and then got the side affect of the cervix loosening drug that affects about 1 in 5 which was unpleasant diarrhoea. This only lasted about two hours. The other drugs wore off within the hour and I got a bit crampy so going to the loo would release a decent amount of blood. But They let us leave after about an hour and a half. The rest of the day was mostly annoying cramps and going to the toilet to expel blood.

The experience in the end was definitely not scary or terrible like some seem. The nurses were lovely and the procedure was easy. I only had the procedure a day ago but today I haven't had many cramps or blood. The hospital offers counselling but I feel fine about the whole experience. I think much of the guilt girls feel about getting an abortion is because people expect us to feel that way. Having a baby is completely life changing and I want to be ready to give my baby the best life, not into the unplanned life of a poor 20 year old with a steady boyfriend. Now I have the mirena I won't be doing this again anytime soon though which is the most relieving part. I hope others will have a positive experience if they choose this path too. 

Editor's Comment

Thank you for sharing your surgical abortion experience which you felt was the right option for you at this time in your life.

This story was sent in on 12/05/2015 and it's been viewed 1,341 times.

Read more abortion stories

Vacuum aspiration abortion

Previous

At 17 & studying, having a baby was out of the question

It's a scary and awful experience, I'm not going to sugar-coat it…

Next

Help & support is available

If you're struggling through a situation like that described above, or are being affected by similar issues from your past, no matter how long ago, help is available.

You can get free, sensitive & confidential help at a centre near you. Use these links for:

Got a story to tell?

Relating your story to other people can be very difficult but rewarding.

If you'd like to tell other readers, possibly facing the same problems you did, about your experiences please click the button to:

Tell your story →