What Happens When an Abortion Doesn’t Fully Work

August 16, 2019

(Vice) – Around 12 hours later, the contractions became less frequent, which I assumed was a sign that the worst was over. A week later, though, after an unsuccessful return to work, the contractions persisted, and I went to the doctor for some stronger meds. It was then that he took my blood pressure—which he said was “dangerously low”—and sent me straight to the hospital. After four hours of crying in agony, lying on the floor of the waiting room in the Pregnancy Unit among expectant mothers, a scan revealed what I was afraid of: that the abortion had not been successful and was classified as “incomplete,” a word I vaguely remembered hearing in my first consultation.

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