sunbeatsclouds (sunbeatsclouds) wrote in abortioninfo,
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Questions Before Abortion

Hi everyone. Apologies for the sockpuppet account.

I'm seven weeks pregnant today, and just scheduled a surgical abortion for early next week. My IUD totally failed, so this was not a planned pregnancy. I have a few questions, and I was hoping you could all help me out. First, the doctor I'm going to doesn't offer any type of sedation. I'd hoped for at least a valium drip, but it's just local. I know that it's hard to generalize experiences, but how painful should I expect this to be? I was advised to take motrin or advil beforehand.

Second, I'm taking a final exam later that day. Like between three and four hours after the end of the procedure. I know the timing sucks, but I have felt pretty awful from a physical standpoint because of the pregnancy, and I just want to get it over with. Moreover, I want to make sure it's done before I go away for winter break, and this is the only appointment they had. Again, I know experiences differ, but considering that I won't receive sedation, do you think this is doable from a physical standpoint? I'm in a graduate program, and I don't think that they will allow me to reschedule the final unless I contact them in advance with a medical note, which I'd really rather not do.

Lastly, and I realize that this is more a question for my doctor, I had a fair amount of bright red bleeding last night. Definitely more than spotting, but aside from a few slight twinges, no cramping. The bleeding has stopped this morning, but at the time it was sort of a steady stream of what seemed like fresh blood mixed with a little clear fluid. Overall, it was enough to fill maybe one or two regular tampons. I thought I was miscarrying (the heartrate was slow at my ultrasound, so it wouldn't be surprising), but it hasn't progressed at all. Any ideas what this could have been?

Thanks so much! I'm so glad this community exists.
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