I Survived and So Will You

by Anonymous

September 10, 2019

I just got home from my procedure and I promised myself if my experience was positive I would tell it on here. Prior to today I had never had any type of medical procedure, had never had blood drawn, and had never been sedated. Because I was new to everything and also have an extremely low pain tolerance, it’s safe to say I was petrified. My pregnancy was 12 weeks along, and I assumed that it would be extremely painful as I was farther along than most of the people in the stories I had read online- this certainly did not end up being the case.

At the beginning of the day I was sent to the recovery area and was given an Ativan, two misoprostol pills to place between my gums and mouth, as well as gravol through my IV. After about a half hour I was instructed to swallow the remainder of the pills, and was given naproxen, an antibiotic, and another painkiller. From here I was moved into the surgery room and was given sedation through my IV. While many women fall asleep for this, I remained awake and fully aware the entire time (which was what I feared prior to the procedure). In other stories I had read, each part of the procedure was clearly explained and each sensation was distinct- this was not the case for me. I was most scared about the injections in the cervix however, I would rate this part a 4 or 5/10. The rest of the procedure just felt crampy but nothing unbearable, another 4 or 5 on the pain scale. I had very little cramping afterwards and moderate bleeding, but other than that I felt normal and back to myself and was able to leave after around 10/15 minutes.

If I can offer any advice, it would be to try your best to remain calm. The worst part of the entire experience for me was the 6 day wait before the procedure as my anxiety was through the roof. It really is not as bad as you are probably imagining, and if I could do it anyone can.


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