Can anyone please shed some light on the surgical procedure for me? I'll be having it under a General Anesthetic. How long will it take? Will I be sore down there afterwards? How long might the bleeding last? So many questions I forfeit to ask the nurse when I booked it....
Took about 15 minutes but then sometime in recovery afterwards. I don’t remember feeling that sore afterwards. Bleeding was minimal - less than a couple of days. If you’re over a certain no of weeks, then you may need to have a tablet beforehand - usually a pessary and wait a couple of hours.
You do have to avoid exercise for a couple of weeks after.
I had a surgical termination under GA. Before you are allowed home, they ask you to go to the toilet to make sure everything is 'OK' down there - I thought there would be loads of blood, but there wasn't.
I bled quite heavily for 2 weeks, not REALLY heavily, but continuously for 2 weeks and I remember phoning up just to check that was OK as I didn't know how long it would take to stop bleeding and oddly enough, I stopped 1-2 days after that, so for me it was approx 2.5 weeks.
My periods came back very quickly as normal.
I was surprised by how 'well' I felt physically - there was literally absolutely no pain at all. I didn't realise they pop a suppository up your bottom when you're asleep. I didn't need any painkillers after the first day and apart from feeling a little tired - Physically I was able to do pretty much anything.
Mentally was a completely different story - That hit me a lot harder than I thought it would and I was very up and down for a long time afterwards. I would honestly say it took me 12-18 months to feel 'OK' about it and whilst I still maintain it was the right decision, it was a shock to feel 'Fine' physically but such a wreck mentally.
I'd suggest having a really strong support network in place, just in case you also feel low. Hope it goes as well as it can do.
I had conscious sedation at 10 weeks. The procedure took about 5 minutes. It felt a little odd but not painful - the local injection to the cervix was the only uncomfortable part and that's over in a couple of seconds. Afterwards I had no pain, just tired and after a long sleep was basically fine the next day. I bled lightly on and off for about two weeks. I had some difficult spots emotionally processing it but got through them and now feel OK about the whole thing. The physical side was really fine.
Thanks for checking in. It went fine - they offered me a General a aesthetic in the day so I was oblivious to the entire procedure - which was nice. Haven't looked back, very much the right choice. Thanks for all the support.
Hi MamaDuckling, I hope you're ok. How are you feeling physically and emotionally? I didn't have the surgical abortion had the medical abortion and it was horrific! It lasts for weeks and I've only just stopped bleeding now 6 weeks later.
I actually feel pretty good. Nausea disappeared in a day or so, no pain whatsoever, and bleeding has just stopped (2 weeks on). Feeling very thankful to live in a society where we are able to make this choice.