To cope with the range of emotions that our patients undergo after the procedure with the abortion pills Mifepristone and Misoprostol or Cytotec , we encourage them to make a reflection about their experience and share them with us and the world ( their identities kept confidential). A “reflection” will help them unload much of that emotional baggage. This activity will surely help them a lot as they embark on the road to a full recovery and to a new beginning. Here’s one reflection from Yna, a 20 year-old student from Tarlac, Philippines.
We always practice maximum restraint in publishing pictures of POC’s (Products of Conception) from our patients even if consent is given. The default position is not to publish any pictures at all. However in this case and possibly more in the future, the decision to release the photos online is more for the benefit of women contemplating such a life-changing decision. It is best to do the procedure in the first first 4-7 weeks of pregnancy for lesser emotional and physical strain on the patient. We asked for the consent of the patient and she gave us the nod. UNLESS CONSENT/PERMISSION IS GIVEN, WE DON’T RELEASE ANY PHOTOS from our patients
My name is Yna, and last January 23, 2018, I took a pregnancy test because I was 7 days late on my regular menstrual cycle. It came out positive. I was doubtful and terrified at the same time so I made my partner buy another 2 pregnancy test so I can be sure.
I took the other two pregnancy test and the result was…………positive AGAIN. This time every possible horrible scenario played out in my mind and that made me horrified.
I started to search for possible solution to my problem: natural abortion. I visited every site that I could find and I came up with Vitamin C, parsley, and dong quai.
So for 2 days, I took 24 tablets of 500 mg vitamin c and parsley infusion. It didn’t work for me. The dong quai medicine is really hard to find and I ordered it on lazada but they never sent us a confirmation that it will come. That is when I lost all hope that I can do this.
Then, my partner showed me this site about project 486, at first I was skeptical because I was depressed by that time (I am practically 5 weeks pregnant by then) but then I started to read the reflection of other women who has experienced their help. That gave me a spark of hope.
I made my partner contact them and he did.
January 26, sir alex scheduled us to have a consultation with sir john.
During our conversation, sir john was very patient with all my questions and he was very detailed in explaining the procedure and the do’s and dont’s and the 6 important things to remember while undergoing the procedure. He was also very persistent on finding the authentic drugs and doing the procedure right and carefully.
After that, sir john and sir alex sent us the procedures on how to pay the medicines. So we paid the fee and waited for the shipment of the medicine.
January 27, the medicine arrived and I was already on my low folate diet and fasting so I took the mife. And went back to sleep. The morning after, I felt intermittent contractions on my uterus.
January 28 I was on low folate diet and fasting.
January 29, this was the hard part of the procedure. I was really glad I had my partner y my side at all times. He helped me with everything and reminded me that we can do this. Sir alex and sir john were really supportive and they took good care of me during the ordeal. They never failed to remind me and instruct me on the process. I am really thankful to them. It hurt a lot and watching the tv series “ friends” really helped me, especially on the funny episodes. 2 pm after my pillow maneuver was finished, I went to the bathroom and peed on the basin. That’s when I felt the gush of blood flow out and as well as a meatball sized soft thing (It made me laugh because of the feeling when it came out, it went “whoosh”). When I looked at it I saw what resembled a very small liver. My partner gathered it and cleaned it while I lay down because that’s when I felt really tired.
It was sad that I have to do what I did. I know others would call me horrible names but when I think about the things that I have to go through if I keep the baby it would be unfair for his/her to grow up in a world without proper care and love. I couldn’t provide for his/her needs.
Trust project 486. They are the real deal and they care a lot about their clients.
-Yna, 20, student , Tarlac
“Take hold of your future or the future will take hold of you” – P. Dixon
Patient’s Reflection on Her Medical Abortion Procedure (Abortion Pills: Mifepristone and Misoprostol or Cytotec) in the Philippines LXII (62nd entry)