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I found this recipe in a book called "A Woman's Book of Choices: Abortion, Menstrual Extraction, RU-486" by Rebecca Chalker and Carol Downer.
In my collection of data and information, I have spoken to women who have used the vitamin C successfully, some started treatment immediately following fertilizing intercourse. While others start when menstruation is due. This remedy seem to have a fairly decent chance of success up through the 4th week of pregnancy, when menstruation is two weeks late, after that, chances of success drop considerably. Based on the information provided by women (mostly from the sharing our wisdom section), in general these home remedies seem to be able to start menstruation about 45% of the time if used early enough. These remedies are not a reliable way to end pregnancy, and if it doesnt work, its really important to follow up with a clinical abortion.
In my opinion, vitamin c (ascorbic acid) is one of the less toxic and less dangerous choices for terminating pregnancy, which seems to be fairly effective. Don't mis-understand less toxic or less dangerous, to mean that vitamin c is not with out risks. The risks remain the same in regards to how far along the pregnancy is progressed, which determines your risk of incomplete abortion and hemorrhage. Vitamin C should also not be used by anyone with sensitive kidneys, kidney stones, or other kidney problems.
When deciding how much vitamin c to take, take into consideration, your body weight, fat vs muscle, whether you smoke tobacco (tobacco messes with vitamin c uptake), do you already take a vitamin c supplement? For a confirmed pregnancy with a test, for an average woman, whose menstruation is no more than two weeks overdue, 10-12 grams per day should be sufficient. I prefer a slightly higher dose, than Rebecca Chalker mentions in her book, do what feels right to you. Divide your total grams for the day into equal doses, equally spaced. Doses consisting of one 500 mg tablet per hour are most common. It is helpful if you have a watch with a timer to set it to go off to remind you to take your dose. I think it is important to keep a constant level circulating in the body, I think waking during the night once or twice will help to maintain this. Vitamin C is water soulable, so excess is removed from the body by the kidneys, which may be why this remedy is rough on the kidneys of sensitive individuals.
When using vitamin c I like to combine it with Parsley. Parsley is one of my favorite herbs for bringing on menstruation when pregnancy is not the cause for delay. It is not strong enough by itself to cause interruption of pregnancy, but I feel it aids the vitamin c. It can be drunk as tea, freely, as much as you want, as it is non-toxic. Parsley can also be used as a pessary (a vaginal insert, as in like a tampon) A few sprigs of parsley with the largest part of the stem removed, and inserted into the vagina placed up against the cervix. It aids in shaking the pregnancy loose, helping the cervix to soften and open, as your body heat softens the herb its emmenagogual properties are released directly at the opening of the uterus. The parsley is changed 2 sometimes 3 times a day, leaving it in all night, until menstruation begins.
If you don't achieve the results you are after in five days, you could add Dong Quai tincture, or capsules. Dong Quai works to strengthen uterine contractions, helping to organize, co-ordinate those minor cramps you may be experiencing. Why wait for 5 days of taking the vitamin c and parsley before using Dong Quai? Please understand this is just a theory, but it gives the vitamin c an opportunity to deprive the uterus of the progesterone it needs to sustain a pregnancy. After 5 days, if the vitamin c has not already started menstruation on its own, which it does have the ability to do for some women, adding a uterine stimulant to the combination, in theory, would have a greater ability to knock the embryo from the uterine wall, and expel it once the pregnancy has been weakened by the progesterone interference. This combination was used by two women who submitted their experiences to Sharing our Wisdom and got me to thinking. As I learn more, I'll be sure to post it.
The vitamin C works to produce an unfavorable climate within the uterus so that the egg does not implant, or cannot maintain its grip on the uterine wall. Possibly by stimulating estrogen, and interfering with progesterone. Thus making it useful as an emergency contraceptive, when taking it before implantation occurs. Progesterone is needed to prepare the uterus to receive the egg, the uterine lining builds up each month, and if the egg is not fertilized then this is what becomes the menstrual blood, when the lining is shed to prepare for the next cycle.
Possible toxicity symptoms may include nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea are most common, also hot flashed or rashes, headache, fatigue, and insomnia. If mega doses are taken for long periods of time other side effects may manifest. People who take anti-coagulants, who have sickle-cell anemia, or who have difficulty metabolizing vitamin c should not take mega doses of vitamin c with out the supervision of their physician.
"You might want to put a warning to those who have high stomach acid levels, acid reflux, or sensitive stomaches that the ascorbic acid approach might not be the best alternative, particularly in pill form, since the stomach must digest the hard pill. (Even if one used ascorbic acid crystals, it would still irritate the stomach.)" Trumary
Another visitor has reported vaginal irritation when using Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) as emergency contraception. Placing them inside the vagina with the intention of killing sperm. She remedied the situation by removing the vitamin c tablets and douching with water.
Condoms don't usually break, but they have been know to do so on occasion, and with disastrous results. Certain brands may be more prone to breaking than others. Check the expiration date on the package. Expired condoms may be more likely to break and for people who are sensitive to the lubricants or latex may experience more irritation, but an old condom is better than no condom.
When lovemaking is done always check the condom for leaks, by carefully removing the condom from the penis with out spilling any of the semen, holding the top of the condom carefully placed between two fingers, slide your fingers down to the tip. All the semen should stay right in the tip. If theres a hole it will squirt.
If you find any leaks or a condom breaks, to prevent pregnancy, immediately place two tablets of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C, with no bio-flavanoids) inside to vagina, right next to the cervix, this is where the sperm are making a bee-line for. Also take internally 6-10 grams of ascorbic acid throughout the day, for the next 5-9 days. If you take vitamin c on a regular basis or smoke you may need to take more than someone who doesn't.
Progesterone prepares the uterus to receive a fertilized egg. Ascorbic acid interferes with the production of progesterone, therefore preventing the uterus from becoming a nourishing place for the egg, thus preventing implantation.
It is a good idea to place a drop of spermicide inside the condom, to kill the sperm right away. If a condom does break, the spermicidal lubricant on a condom is not enough to prevent pregnancy. If condoms are you sole form of birth control always be prepared for an emergency.
I think it makes sense for every woman keep a bottle of ascorbic acid on hand, just incase.
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