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22 March 2012 @ 09:06 pm
My Medical Abortion so far.  

Two weeks ago I found out I was pregnant, six weeks at the time. My partner and I thought about it a lot and came to the decision that abortion was what was right for us. My partner lost his job a few months ago and we struggle to make ends meet. I'm 21, he's 28, he hasn't quite finished college and I haven't even started. We simply have so much to do with our lives and I don't have the time or financial ability to bring a happy life to a kid at this point.

Today I went for the medical abortion. I chose medical because it was two hundred dollars cheaper than the surgery and I have no money. Luckily Planned Parenthood cut down the cost to 200.00 for me because of my circumstances. I live in New York but I do not qualify for Medicaid's full coverage. Medicaid will only cover my pre-exam and post exam. Not sure how that works considering our total income is 280.00 a week. But hey whatever, my partner borrowed the 200.00 from a friend of his so we could do the procedure. 

There were two people outside the clinic, man and a woman with little signs. I didn't pay attention to them and they didn't pay attention to me or bother me. My boyfriend came with me so that was helpful.

We didn't have to wait too long in the waiting room until they called my name. They don't let anyone go in with you though for the appointment. 

First I talked to the counselor, this is my second time talking to her. I didn't care much for her. I know it's just her job, but I just felt no empathy from her and I guess I'm just overly sensitive and feel like I need that. She just went over my patient rights and some paperwork. I signed it all and she brought me to the waiting room where all the girls that were there for their surgical abortions were. 

I waited for two hours almost, watching some really crappy Soap Opera that was on. Finally they called me in. The nurse brought me through and the Technician did a trans vaginal ultra sound. It was quick and painless(I've had two of these that were very painful in the past due to an ovarian cyst I have, so I get really tense during them). She said I was eight weeks. She asked me why I chose the medical instead of surgical and I told her how I was unable to afford the surgery even though I really would have preferred the surgery. She got really angry and went on a tangent about our shitty healthcare system and how these things should be covered and she really wished she could go ahead and let me have the surgery anyways, she said most people have the surgery. It kind of made me feel better to see someone so passionate that cared about my reproductive rights. As a side note, I do have insurance under my parents that I could not use because it's through my mom's job, at a Catholic hospital. So they won't cover abortion unless it's "medically necessary" so the insurance company told me. 

The nurse left and the doctor came in. I took the first pill and he proscribed me Zofran for nausea and Tylenol with codeine for pain. Gave me doxy for an antibiotic to prevent infection and sent me home with the Misoprostol as well. 

Tomorrow I take the Misoprostol at 3pm. The tech said this experience would probably be more uncomfortable for me since I'm almost at the limit of nine weeks. I'm just really scared that this is going to be awfully painful. I had gall bladder surgery a month ago so I'm hoping this is less uncomfortable than that at least? Would anyone mind sharing their experience with their medical abortion and the pain/symptoms? How bad was it? Was it bearable at least?

Any insight would be appreciated. Thank you :)

fantasy wheelsclaws on March 23rd, 2012 01:22 am (UTC)
When I had my medical abortion, about 15-20 minutes after I took the second pill I started getting mild cramps, so I went to lay in the bathtub to see if the hot water would help the pain a little.. the pain started getting worse and then I vomited. When I got back to my room I was standing up and got down to the floor, curl up in a ball pain in my stomach/abdomen. It kept coming in waves it and made me cry, but it only went on for about half an hour until I started bleeding.. then it was just fine from there. I mostly just bleed clots, and would only have slight menstrual cramp feelings when I was getting ready to pass another clot. The heavy bleeding stopped around midnight that night (I took the 2nd pill about 1-2 PM). I think if I were to ever be in the position again I would go with the medical abortion. It was really not that bad, unless you're squeamish at the site of blood. You'll do okay :)

From what I've read, it's different for a lot of women. I hope everything goes smoothly for you ♥
Rachel: futurama i ought to do something pajamasleaveittoweaver on March 23rd, 2012 01:28 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, that was very helpful! Doesn't sound too awful. I get pretty bad cramps right now just from the uterus growing, and when I get my normal period I bleed heavy clots as it is so I'm hoping this will make it easier for me :/ But like you said, everyone's experience is different!

Thank you very much for the well wishes!
fantasy wheelsclaws on March 23rd, 2012 01:39 am (UTC)
I'm glad I could help!

I had the Planned Parenthood's after hours/over-night nurse number in case I had any questions or felt that something was wrong. I called a few times for reassurance and they were really nice and helpful. I thought I was bleeding too much and while my blood clots weren't ideal size (they were all pretty big), everything turned out just fine. Only annoyance I think of the whole thing was having to go into the bathroom every 15-20 minutes to pass a clot and loose blood, but you may not have that.

Edited at 2012-03-23 01:40 am (UTC)
[LISA] No Ka Oimorning_stand on March 23rd, 2012 04:54 am (UTC)
I was about 9 weeks the second time I had a medical abortion. I remember about 30 minutes I got bad cramps and seriously the only thing I could do was just sit on the toilet. For me, it wasn't that bad. I dont normally have bad cramps during my period and I had a pretty easy birth with my daughter so that might be why it didn't hurt so much. Honestly after like, an hour or so, it was over and that was that. It wasn't that bad at all. I had two and if I had to make the choice again i would still choose the medial over the surgical.
Rachel: pic#116588277leaveittoweaver on March 23rd, 2012 01:35 pm (UTC)
That doesn't sound so bad at all. I think the nurse just freaked me out. Thank you for sharing your experience! I'm glad it went well for you :)
The Bodhisattva of Kickin' Assrackletang on March 23rd, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
1. Just echoing the hope that everything goes smoothly.

2. As someone who works in the field but has only ever had a surgical abortion, I am always happy when women share their medical abortion experiences. So thank you for doing this. I feel like it helps me give my patients more of an idea of what to expect.

3. Your icon is made entirely of win.
Rachelleaveittoweaver on March 24th, 2012 12:43 am (UTC)
It wasn't too smooth but it was better than the alternative of having a baby I couldn't afford :) I guess I just have to look at it like that!

I made a second follow up post on here, so feel free to read that and see how the rest of it went :)

And thank you! I loooove MST3K, Rifftrax, Film Crew and anything related :P