“I’m in Wisconsin so I was required to make two appointments with the same doctor before being able to receive the medication abortion. I was 6 weeks and 1 day pregnant and the first pill was fine; I didn’t feel anything AT ALL, like maybe very little cramping, but I was having cramping through the pregnancy too.
That night I took the antibiotic, and the next morning around noon I decided to take the 4 dissolvable tablets through my mouth. I was so nervous to take them, solely for fear that I would get sick. And I was right. At exactly the 30-minute mark I was having cramps and I went to the bathroom. Then things really got crazy.
I had taken 800 milligrams of Ibuprofen and anti-nausea medications for the pain 30 minutes prior and it was no help. I vomited twice, had diarrhea, and the worst pain of my entire life, like so bad it was almost impossible to stay on the toilet because all of my abdomen muscles were cramping so heavily.
After a grueling 30 minutes of sitting on the toilet and trashing on the bathroom floor my cramps finally subsided enough for me to walk to my bed. Then I was fine and bleeding regularly, but after a few hours I had some intense cramping periodically and then I passed a golf ball sized clot and some smaller ones.
It’s the same night and I’m feeling great compared to earlier. Only small cramping and bleeding. I don’t regret my decision at all and I’m actually really glad I didn’t know what kind of pain to expect because of my fear going into it. And now I’m able to continue my degree and apply to vet school next year. There are a lot of scare tactics, but I imagine this pain is only half of a real birth. Even after looking at the ultrasound and understanding about the baby I was still completely sure about my decision—this isn’t a bad thing, more of an experience that puts my life and future into perspective.” —Christina