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Abortion Pill (mifepristone)

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Abortion Pill (mifepristone)

Hi everyone. I've been MIA for a LONG time, I don't even know if any of you remember me. But I'm in need of your expertise and help. For the third time in my life, I have found out that I am pregnant. First, resulted in 2.5 yr old Landon, second ended up in a 14 wk miscarriage. Now here I am again...

I want to get an abortion. But I was thinking about the abortion pill. Right now I'm about 7 weeks and I know you have to be 9 weeks or less. I read up on it a lot, but I was just curious if anyone else has done this instead of a clinical abortion. How much does it hurt? Do you regret it, and would rather have had a clinical one? Around how much does it cost? I'm trying to find a clinic around here but I'm having trouble. I think I may have found one that is kind of close so I am calling tomorrow (if they are open xmas eve..) and asking if they offer it.

Please any information anyone is willing to give is appreciated!

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I have never used the abortion pill myself. But I know a girl who used it, and she said she felt just fine afterword. It did make her nautious, so she took the pill, smoked a bunch of blunts to deal with the nausea, and it just came out in the toilet. She said other than the nausea, the pill was no big deal. I've also heard it's much easier than a surgical abortion, as it is less invasive, etc.

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I also have never used it, but I have a friend who did. She said she was knock-out sick for about a day, but other than that, it was like a heavy period.

If I were you, I would opt for the pill. Surgical abortions carry the risks of infection, scarring, hemorrhage, etc., so if you are still under 9 weeks, I'd go for the less invasive procedure.

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i have used it almost a year ago, and would do it again if i had to. i had no bad experience with it. i went to planned parenthood and they also gave me some antinausea meds and pain meds along with it all, everything passed quickly and i had no issues with it.
i would reccomend it to anyone that is thinking about using it

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I've had a surgical abortion and one with mifepristone. Obviously neither procedures were pleasant, but I don't know which one I would go with if i needed another one. Where I live, (with the mifepristone) you have to stay in hospital until you pass the embryo and every time you pee or poop, you have to do it in a bedpan and the nurse comes in and checks it. I hated that. If i was able to do it in my own house, I'd definitely go with that. It did make me feel a bit nauseous but nothing too major. I took the pill at 8am one morning and at 8am the next morning, I had to go back into hospital and a nurse inserted pessaries into my vagina and some sort of antibiotic into my anus and I had to lie on a bed with my legs elevated for an hour. I passed the embryo at about 4pm and it didn't hurt at all coming out. I could feel it and I knew I'd passed it and it felt really strange but not painful. They made me stay for an hour after that for observation so I was in hospital all day. Also, they wouldn't let me leave on the bus, I had to call a cab even though I couldn't afford it. I was 17 at the time and not too sure what they could do to me if I refused to get in a cab so I had to use some of my food money to get home. If you guys are able to do all this at home in the US, I'd say definitely go with the pill. I felt fine afterwards, no regrets, nothing.

My surgical abortion, physically speaking was OK but I was afraid to get put under the anaesthetic and when I came round, I felt terrible. I was crying and felt totally disorientated and weird and it was awful. Also, I wasn't 100% sure I wanted to have an abortion but I thought better to regret an abortion than a kid, plus my boyfriend wanted me to have one so I think that had a lot of impact on how shitty I felt after it. I spent a few days in bed crying feeling like hell and it took me a while to get over it. I didn't experience many physical side effects, which was one thing I liked about it. I bled for about a week afterwards and my periods were messed up for a while but that's about it. That was almost 2 years ago and while it was a terrible experience that I never want to have to repeat, I'm still glad I did it.

Yeah, so if you can take the pill at home, I'd totally recommend that. The only reason I'd consider a surgical again is because I was in hospital for less time. I hope you find a clinic.