I went through Planned Parenthood and while they did a great job they also gave me a phone number if I had any worrisome complication and then it turned out that number didn’t connect. Honestly, I wish there was a resource I could call upon to explore my surgical options more. “
Amy, 28, she/she
“I Think I could have had a surgical abortion. I didn’t even think about that. I think there’s a lot of stigma about the process, but to me, the drug options seem like what you do in early pregnancy, and the surgery seems more invasive. I’m really, really pro-abortion, and my experience is part of that; when I realized I was pregnant, I didn’t tell the other person who it was. I know it might be a case of our differing views, so I figured, I’m not going to share this information. Still, I’m not feeling well because pregnancy isn’t easy, right? I remember feeling so tired, unable to run, and even eight weeks later, you could feel your pregnancy progress and grow. I have this horrible feeling, you know, I don’t want to get pregnant.
When I went to the clinic, I was terrified; I was like, oh my God, there will be picket Christians I threw insults. In the end, however, no one protested. I remember the wait being nerve-wracking because I had to go back to the clinic the next day. They asked you all these questions, and I remember they were kind of scared, “Are you sure this is what you have to do?” I think they have to ask questions like that, and I’m so enthusiastic, like, maybe for the coming gravity The level is inappropriately enthusiastic. Medication sessions can feel like a scary, terribly bad time, but they do prepare you well. I know what to do, but I don’t know what my roommate would think at the time.
Immediately after that, I remember feeling much more relaxed and safer, so relieved and free. I think a lot of people have had a sad experience, or they’ve been very distressed or hurt by [the abortion], and I get that, but I think my experience was very different. It’s really painful, but in a way, a bad period is painful; it’s easy compared to pregnancy and fatigue and the pain of an actual pregnancy. It’s such a relief that I’m no longer forced into this situation. ”