My suspected bladder infection turned out to be a 14 week pregnancy

By Kiran on 12/04/2019
united kingdom surgical abortion abortion 16 weeks

9th March 2019. I decided to have an abortion. Of course, it was my choice but it didn't make it easier being with someone who did not care. Although it was the right thing for me to do, it was a horrible decision to make.

I found out I was 14 weeks pregnant Feb 16 from November 2018. I did not have any symptoms, well, the obvious symptoms, just the odd flank pain here and there, feeling lethargic and emotional. I put all that down to me being stroppy and having mood swings as general so I didn't think much of it. I only found out in Feb as I kept having bladder infection like symptoms and so I went to the walk-in.

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From then on, I had to wait 2 weeks to get into the abortion clinic for a scan and quick self-assessment then another week for my actual abortion.

Because I was far gone at this point, 16 weeks, I could not take the pill, so I had to have a surgical treatment. Of course, it only hit me once I got into the theatre (I hate the name, reminds me of watching Holby City) as I was trying to remain calm and positive although seeing people around me upset.

This is the first time it happened to me, and it left me feeling the worst ever in my life, but I did have a short feeling of relief afterwards.

After a while, I did have outbursts and very bad mood swings and feelings of guilt. This is all normal.

I did not feel a thing going into theatre, I was put to sleep with an anaesthetic and it was all over in 10 mins. I sat in recovery for a further one hour and had something to eat and drink. I was given some antibiotics to take with me home to reduce any further infection.

I always try until this day to relax and remain focused and positive in life because little things in life really weigh me down and upset me and there are bigger things in the world happening and worth worrying over.

 I do hope whoever is or has gone through this you are not alone and in time, you will be feeling much much better. I had 3 sessions of telephone counselling which did help.

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