I passed too much blood and ended up in the hospital with sepsis

By Amy

Just wanted to give my story to others, I had a medical abortion at 9 weeks.

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I found out I was pregnant 3 weeks ago and took my time to make up my mind as to what I was going to do, this has been the hardest decision of my life.

I took the first pill in my GP's office, she gave me 3 more pills to bucally take 24 hours later. I only had to take 2, and the 3rd was to be taken only if no bleeding had started 4 hours later.

I took the 2 tablets at 2 o'clock on Thursday. By 2.20 I had started to bleed, by 2.30 the bleeding was intense. I didn't have any pain at all.

At 3.15 I stood up and it was like a tidal wave, it absolutely terrified me, I knew it was too much blood and I was also passing clots the size of grapefruits and I felt faint and weak. This continued for about an hour then I rang the options phone number and was told to go to A and E.

I arrived and was seen immediately. The staff were lovely and I was examined and checked over. I needed a transfusion and antibiotics as sepsis had started. I had a temp of 42.0 and was in a bit of pain then as well.

I'm still in hospital now and will be here for the next few days until the sepsis is cleared, but I'm feeling ok.

Amy sent this story in on 24/02/2019

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