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Too Poor

Updated: Jan 4, 2023

I had been engaged for about 6 months. I had been feeling ill for several weeks, and when I missed a second period (because who on contraception worries about just one?) despite having a IUD, I took a home pregnancy test. When he came home from work that night, I had a surprise waiting for him. Our immediate response was “How soon can we get an appointment?” because there was no way we could afford to have a child on our meager combined income.

I got in at Planned Parenthood within a week, where I found out I was 13 weeks along. They removed my IUD and the embryo and inserted an arm implant with no fuss. I thought I was going to barf at the end of the procedure, but the assistant stuck a cup of peppermint extract under my nose, and I immediately felt fine.

I’m glad I was able to have such a quick, easy, and safe procedure done on short notice. I’m still hoping to be a mother some time in the future when we're ready.

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