Real Life Patient Stories

I’m 42 years old, and a mother of three children. I was shocked when I found out I was pregnant, but in some ways the decision to end the pregnancy was not difficult for me. My husband and I had been using natural birth control for over a decade. I had no reason to think that my body had changed. If anything, after age 40, I would have thought I was less fertile!When we found out, we were both clear we did not want to continue the pregnancy. Our children were teenagers, and we have been enjoying the prospect of the next phase of our lives. We are enjoying seeing our children become adults, and looking forward to having the time and money to do some new things together. We feel so rewarded by our children, but in no way wanted to start again. We opted for the Aspiration Procedure. It was so quick and simple, and my husband was able to sit by my side. Within a few minutes, I felt fine. My husband and I left the doctor’s office only a few minutes after it was over. We went out and had an intimate lunch together, feeling like we had made the right decision to end the pregnancy early and with the Manual Vacuum Aspiration.
I’m 19 years old, and recently chose to have an early abortion. I was so scared when I found out I was pregnant. I can’t say we were careful every time we had sex, but I just didn’t think it could happen to me! At first, I felt so alone. I didn’t know who to talk to. I was scared, but I decided to talk to my mom. Luckily, she was understanding. I knew I didn’t want to have a baby. I’m in my first year of college. My mom was a single parent, and I could see how hard it was for her. I wanted my life to be different.My mom helped me to find the safest procedure and the best doctor’s office. The office I went to helped me so much. I had never had an examination or a pap smear, and I was so scared. The doctor said she thought I could do the Manual Vacuum Aspiration. My mom was in the room with me. It felt strange lying on the table, and having the speculum put inside me, but I got used to it. It felt uncomfortable but it didn’t hurt. The assistant held my hand and kept talking to me. I felt some weird pulling feelings in my lower belly, but I can’t say it was painful. Then the doctor said: “How bad is it?” I said it wasn’t so bad. She said: “It’s done!”I was so happy. I knew I made the right decision for me, and I was glad I found out early. I have been talking to all my friends. I was embarrassed to tell them at first. I think it’s important we know that we have choices. I want them to know that this procedure is there if they ever need it.
I am 25 years old and my family comes from Pakistan. I am in medical school. When my fiancé and I found out I was pregnant, we couldn’t believe it! All we could think of was the shame this would bring to us and our family. In our culture, it is not acceptable to get pregnant before marriage. I was so embarrassed that here I was in medical school, and that we had made this mistake. At first I didn’t know what to do. When my fiancé found out about early abortion options on the internet, they were an answer to our prayers. We didn’t know that we could end the pregnancy with a pill, and that everything could be so discreet and private. The first thing, we met with our doctor. She listened to our story, and made us feel comfortable in our decision. We were so afraid. We asked her so many questions! She didn’t try to hurry us. We felt reassured that nobody would ever know about our decision, and that there was absolutely no risk to getting pregnant in the future.We took the pills together at his home. I had a few hours of cramping, but it really wasn’t too bad. When we came back for the follow up, we were so relieved when the doctor said that everything went completely fine, and the pregnancy was over. We knew we had made the right decision. We are now planning our wedding. We want to spend some time together before we have children.

I never thought I would ever be in this position. I have always been against abortion, at least for myself. I felt other women should have the right to choose, but I was sure it would never be a decision that I would make. I got married a few months ago, and then found out he wasn’t the person I thought he was. When I got pregnant, he was so unsupportive! It made it clearer that I was in a marriage that wasn’t going to work out. I knew I didn’t want to be a single parent, especially since I would have to be dealing with him the rest of my life.I started doing research on the internet, and found out about the Manual Vacuum Aspiration procedure. I didn’t know that an early pregnancy could be simple to end.  It mattered a lot to me to end the pregnancy so early. The procedure was simple, and it was over quickly. I was so relieved that I found this procedure and could privately do what I needed to do. I don’t feel good that I had to make the decision, but I know it was what I had to do.
I am a registered nurse and work in an emergency room. I have worked with many women when they found out they were pregnant, and helped them make the choices that were right for them. Many women knew immediately that they wanted to end the pregnancy, and I would give them the names of abortion clinics. When I found out I was pregnant, I couldn’t believe I was in this situation! I didn’t want to go to an abortion clinic. I needed privacy. I didn’t want to go through the whole experience: the big waiting room with all the other women who you knew were going through the same thing; the assembly line; the operating room; the recovery room; the long waits. But even as a medical professional, I didn’t know where to find a private abortion! When I found, I couldn’t believe it! I was able to find a private, reputable early abortion provider. I had never heard of the Aspiration Procedure. I couldn’t believe there was such a simple way to end a pregnancy with no scraping, no general anesthesia, and no suction machine. I thought it was too good to be true, but it was everything they said. It only took a few minutes, and I was able to work the night shift!Everyone should know about these options. I think a lot of women don’t want to have the baby, but are too scared to go to an abortion clinic. Women should know that they can privately end a pregnancy. It is how medical care should be.

I’m from the Bronx. I’m married, and I have two boys, 2&5. At first, my husband was clear we needed to end the pregnancy, but I had doubts. We talked. For us, things financially are finally getting better for us. We’re both working. Luckily my mother babysits for us, but she told us she is done after this last one. The more we talked, we both came to the conclusion that it was better not to have another baby at this time.I had an abortion before. The last experience was awful for us. The place where we went was crowded, and we felt nervous and anxious. There were so many women crowded into one room.The staff was rude, and they treated us like we were just a number in an assembly line. My husband had to stay in the waiting room.Through, I found a private abortion provider on the internet. I chose the Aspiration Procedure. I would recommend this procedure to anyone. It was quick, and it felt like a regular pap smear. My husband sat with me right by my side and comforted me. He was so worried. He kept asking me “Are you OK?” and I kept saying “Yes!” I am going to tell everyone about this procedure.