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My generally positive e pertinence of surgical termination

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Reasgirl Wed 13-Feb-13 17:12:09

I had a surgical termination yesterday , after a couple of weeks of tears and agonising decision making. It was prob hardest decision ever made, but I believe the right one. Anyway, I read a lot online about different experiences, and just wanted to share mine. I opted for surgical over medical as I thought it would be less traumatic. I was admitted to a glasgow nhs hospital yesterday at 11 am, I had to fast from 7 am. I kinda had it in mind that op would happen at close to 11 but I actually didn't get taken till 4 pm. That is the bit they don't tell you about - hours of waiting in the ward and you are absolutely starving ! The nurses were lovely and very attentive. There were 7 other girls in for same procedure, but none of us chatted. At first they give you 2 tablets to dissolve und tongue. This softens cervix and causes period pain like cramps, but they do give you paracetamol.this is same as stage one of medical procedure. Can cause some bleeding. Surgeon and anaethiatist came and chatted, both men, were very nice and assured, so gave me confidence. When I got taken I was put to sleep, first time ever had an anaesthetic, woke up 30 mins later procedure complete, got a sandwich, some biscuits, coffee and juice, and was home within 2 hours. Went to work today fine, only side effect is hardly any bleeding, although they do advise to wear pads as you can bleed for 2 weeks, like a period. I hardly have any pain, just mild cramps, and have not needed any painkillers, which they did provide. I have an upset stomach, that's all. Feel so much better, I can now move on with my life as planned, no more nasea and morning sickness, tender swollen breasts returning to normal. I was advised not to drive so I arranged a lift today, and you must have someone to collect you and stay with you overnight after hospital. Really the worst bit was all the waiting and starving. I would advise to go surgical as you really know nothing about it, so if you have dealt with emotional side of it, then it's fine.
Hope that is helpful to some of you out there x

Reasgirl Wed 13-Feb-13 17:36:51

Sorry title should be experience, I can't type on this device ! :-)

RufousBartleby Wed 13-Feb-13 18:25:13

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Reasgirl Wed 13-Feb-13 21:37:14

Not trying to be flippant. I deliberately didn't go not detail about my particular situation, but I Did say it was an extremely difficult and upsetting decision to make. However, for those finding themselves in that situation, whatever the circumstances, it is good to know what to expect when at the surgery, so can be more prepared to deal with it. I was just over 7 weeks. Sorry, maybe I posted on wrong thread, new to this.

HumphreyCobbler Wed 13-Feb-13 21:40:06

I don't think the OP sounded flippant. I think she wanted to share her experience. Her thread title made it quite clear.

winnybella Wed 13-Feb-13 21:46:08

Nothing wrong with OP sharing her experience and tbh, I don't know why is it expected of women who decide to terminate to either be devastated or keep quiet about it. OP did say that it was a difficult decision to make but even if she hasn't said that, her thread still would be relevant in the Antenatal tests/choices topic. She didn't post on a thread 'terminations due to severe abnormalities' or similar, where it could be expected to be full of posters going through agonizing choices of having to terminate much wanted and/or late pregnancies.

Glad to hear that it went well, OP, and hope recovery will be smooth.

Reasgirl Wed 13-Feb-13 21:51:04

Thanks. I really think fore warned is forearmed it's enough to deal with never mind not having some expectation of what hospital experience will be like, although. Guess it's different for everyone. I had never even been in hospital before, never mind had surgery, but was glad to know nothing about it, rather than the thought of passing it yourself via medical procedure, and it being very visible. Not sure how well I would have handled that.

Nessalina Sat 19-Oct-13 02:16:40

Hi, sorry for late addition to thread, but how far gone were you OP?
I'm currently going through a difficult time and whilst there's still hope for my pregnancy, I feel like I can't help thinking about choices to come to prepare myself. The thought of a medical termination scares the absolute crap out of me, and I know I want surgical like you, but a lot of posts I read say you can't have it after 12 weeks, and I'm 13 weeks. Just freaking out a bit. The NHS site on absorption says you can after 12 weeks, but their site on Termination due to abnormalities says only some places will do it after 12. It doesn't seem fair that I would get less choice?!

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