Bleeding after illegal abortion

I AM 19 years old and in matric. Last year, I had an illegal abortion and I do not think it was done correctly.

I went to the hospital and to a private doctor, but was too scared and ashamed to tell them what I did.

I told them that I was having problems with my periods.

I did not receive any help.

I have not had sex since the abortion and I am not using contraceptives.

I am so scared because I bleed continuously.

Please tell me what to do. Too scared, Rosettenville

Dudu responds,

It is understandable that you are scared to tell the doctor that you had an abortion.

However, you will not receive the correct help unless you are honest.

Tell the doctor the truth and remember that everything you say to the doctor is held in the strictest confidence.

The doctor will have to give you an internal examination, which might be uncomfortable, but is totally necessary to be able to heal you.

Things are not going to get better on their own, so the sooner you see a doctor and receive treatment, the sooner you will be able to lead a healthy life.