Please know: It's OK to be OK. Abortion should be a rational choice and if you're NOT feeling wracked by guilt, that just proves you're doing the right thing. Covid, with lockdown and economic chaos, made my choice even firmer. BUT, it hugely muddied the waters when it came to the process, via my GP and NHS. My only regret is that I didn't go straight to BPAS or Marie Stopes. My GP did not even mention that I could have had the new service, abortion pills by post. Instead, I was (unnecessarily) sent to hospital for a scan. This was June 2020, and yet none of the communications had been updated for lockdown - my appointment letter even recommended taking public transport. In fact that was wrong on another count. Because of the pandemic, that hospital was offering a condensed method of medical abortion, whereby I could have all the pills that same day (and the same day as the scan, and instead of separate sets of pills spread over two days). But, only if another adult drove me home afterwards. Then I would "pass" the pregnancy at home. This was the method I chose, and be prepared, it is horrible - but quick (although, everyone's physiology is different, so I may just be unlucky.) The consent forms said bleeding should start within 4-6 hrs and may feel like a painful period. Mine started within an hour and at its worst was phenomenally painful, accompanied by the shits, vomiting and shaking like a leaf. It was terrifying, but only for an hour or so. If yours is like that, just remember "this too shall pass". I'd like more people to be aware that a third of UK women have had or will have abortions. I'm not saying we should feel obliged to identify ourselves, but whenever we're considering of women, let's keep that stat in mind.
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