Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days.
Today’s story comes from LeeBerry, an anonymous poster at the ehealth Forum.
My story with the medical abortion…
The baby was conceived on april 27th. I found out i was pregnant 14 days later. [I] immediately made the decision to get an abortion and actually took the Misoprostal on June 8th at whole womens’ health in fort worth
The most important thing you need to know about having an abortion is doing it for YOU and no one else. If you are at peace with your decision and are doing this for yourself then you will also be at peace after the abortion, and feel a sense of relief. If you are doing this for someone else and even a small portion of you wants to keep the baby then maybe you should. If a small part of you wants to keep it then the decision to go through with the procedure may or may not haunt you. You need to be sure about it.. and fully understand that an abortion is a matter of the heart.. and that having one doesn’t make you a terrible person. I took the Mifeprestone on Saturday (7-7-13) at 11:11 and didn’t start feeling a bit different until 24 hours later. The next day on the 8th, I took Vicodin (for pain) & a Promethazine pill (for nausea) 15 minutes before I let the 4 pills dissolve as best they could in my gum line at 12:30. Maybe 3 minutes later, after swallowing the remainder of the pills that hadn’t dissolved, I threw up all of the pills.. along with what I had for breakfast that morning. I freaked out and called my doctor and she said that since I allowed for the pills to dissolve for the amount of time my doctor had told me to, that throwing up shouldn’t be a big deal and that it should still work. I started bleeding around 1 o clock, approximately 30-40 minutes after taking the pills. The first day there was of course bleeding, and passed golf ball sized clots of tissue which was painless.. and slimy. The doctor tells you that if your soaking 2 maki pads in one hourfor 2 hours in a row, that is too much. Even though the blood ended up seeping through 3 pairs of underwear and 2 pairs of pants, my blood loss was normal. It would be most convenient for you to stay home the day you take the Misoprostal pills… typically so you can stay near a toilet so you can pass the clots. I could feel them coming on and would go to the bathroom instead of letting the clots get in the pad. I have read some reviews of girls using tampons during this process.. DO NOT USE TAMPONS! If the clinic you went to didn’t tell you NOT to use them, they deserve a TERRIBLE review! Anyways… I only passed the clots for one day, and then after that when I would go to the bathroom.. the blood would seem fairly thick and it seemed like little by little I would pass tissue that way instead of passing them in clots. This is normal. Ultimately I bled for about 2 and a half weeks but it was only heavy for 2-3 days, and after my 2 week checkup I could get away with not wearing a panty liner even though there was minor spotting. Last week I had my 2 week checkup (7-22-13) and everything went PERFECTLY. My pregnancy test was negative and the women saw NO remaining tissue during the vaginal sonogram.
Ultimately.. the surgery may have been easier, because it is over sooner.. but I chose the abortion pill because during the surgery they will SCRAPE your uterus… which can cause tares which is what causes scar tissue to form, and that is what can cause you to become sterile. With the abortion pill there is no scraping. For me the abortion was just like a period. They give you pain meds for the cramping and when you run out its really not that bad. Just pop a quarter of a xanax and you will be fine. If you are considering going through with this.. my words of advice to you is to RELAX. Everything is going to be okay. My greatest fear is finding out I’m not able to have kids…. And if I knew there was the smallest chance that was out of my control that the abortion pill could have made me sterile, I would have more then likely given it up for adoption. The only way the abortion pill can play a role in that is if there is left over tissue and you don’t catch it and get it removed… which is why it is so important to go to your follow up check up.