A couple weeks ago I found out I was pregnant...

"A couple weeks ago I found out I was pregnant at just 21. I took 3 drugstore pregnancy tests with my boyfriend right by my side and they were all positive. We cried and cried together and had many long conversations about what to do when I came to the conclusion that the best option for me was an abortion. I kind of always knew that if this ever happened that’s what I would do. I think of myself as too young to raise a kid right now and am just not financially, mentally or physically ready to have and raise a child, maybe someday.

The day I found out I called Planned Parenthood and scheduled a sedated in clinic abortion for next week. Between the pill and the in-clinic, I decided the in-clinic would be the less painful and the best choice for me. Fast-forward to the day my abortion was scheduled, me and my boyfriend drive to the clinic where were greeted by a volunteer who had to escort us into the building to protect us from protestors. The protestors were harmless but I could hear them yelling things from the background - it was whatever. Once inside we had to show our IDs and we were finally inside the lobby. There I filled out my paperwork and was then called by a nurse to go into the back. There I was given an ultrasound and had some lab work done. All painless and simple. Then a nurse gave me an antibiotic and two pain pills.

After that I talked to a different nurse who explained the procedure to me and had me sign some consent forms. Finally after all that it was time for my procedure. I undressed from the waist down and sat on a table. I was greeted by the anesthesiologist and the doctor who was going to perform my abortion. I was given an IV and immediately passed out and the procedure took place when I was under, the procedure only takes 3-5 minutes. The next thing I remember was waking up in a personal room and was asked how my cramping was which was about a 3/4 and how much I was bleeding which was very moderate. After 20 minutes I was given the okay to go home and was also given some sprite and goldfish for the car ride back.

All the nurses and doctors at planned parenthood were incredibly kind and loving and made me feel safe and cared for. As for the procedure, it was relatively painless and so quick I would highly recommend this option to anyone who is afraid of pain. This is coming from a person who has a low pain tolerance and is scared of everything. This hurt less than being at the dentist! It’s only been a day since my procedure but I feel completely fine, no sadness at all just happiness and relief. I feel like myself again and I can say with full confidence that this was one of the best decisions I have ever made for myself. And to all the women going through or have gone through this - you are strong and you are powerful and you do not need to feel guilt or shame. If this is something you want to do then so be it. No one else can tell you otherwise and you are making the right decision for yourself. Much love to all of you good luck!" - Anonymous

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