3 kids and married, still had an abortion today

by Anonymous

January 3, 2023

My story isn’t dramatic or traumatic and I only had my procedure today!

To be honest, we don’t have the most money and we live in a small apartment BUT we’re happily married with three kids. Most people where I live don’t really care to add onto their family, how many ever that may be but I knew from the moment I got my positive test what I would do.

To take you back to the beginning, I thought I was pregnant as soon as I missed period but I tested negative. It wasn’t until a few weeks later that I was feeling really nauseous and honestly, a little depressed. I took a test after thanksgiving this year (2022) and immediately the test had two dark lines. My husband said it was my decision and he would support me no matter what. Though he didn’t need to validate my choice, it was nice to know he was on board and we both agreed that I was already spread thin with two elementary-aged children and one toddler while educating them at home and that the extra stress wasn’t good for my mental health.

I made an appointment at planned parenthood for Monday. They made sure I didn’t feel pressured into my choice, I was told how much I would need to pay based on the sliding scale and even worked with me on pricing so it was possible for me to pay on short notice. By Thursday (today), I had my appointment, it was actually very quick! I couldn’t use the sedation because I’m the only driver in my household and I had to drive home afterward. They gave me ibuprofen, an antibiotic and local anesthetic and I barely felt it. There was a lovely medical professional I spoke to about the poster on the ceiling, and life in general and the doctor was lighthearted and fun as well. Overall, I walked out feeling very good and comfortable with minimal bleeding. The staff was overwhelmingly kind and met me where I was. I didn’t want to be sad or somber- I wanted to talk and I wanted to feel happy, despite the situation. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience and I didn’t even end up needing additional medication for the pain. I don’t regret my decision and I’m so thankful for planned parenthood and all of the staff there for making my experience as easy as possible! I will forever sing their praises.

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