A Personal Story




Submitted: Oct 1, 2004

Shared by: Alix
Age: 18
Weight: 150
Height: 5'11''

Do you smoke tobacco? Never

Did you have a pregnancy test? Yes
When was it taken? 9/20/04
What was the result. Positive
How was the pregnancy ended? medical abortion, aka RU486
Were you successful in using the herbs? sort of...

Would you try herbs again, or recommend them to a friend in the same situation? Yes, but under the instruction of an herbalist or midwife

Is there anything that clued you in that the herbs might be working before bleeding started? CRAMPS, lessened sense of pregnancy (intuitive, could have been just me)

Is this your first pregnancy? Yes

What was the date of the first day of your last menstrual period? 08/09/04
Do you know the date of fertilizing intercourse? What was it? not the exact date, but between Aug. 26th and September 5th.
What was the date you were expecting menstruation? September 14th

How long do your cycles usually run? it usually starts within a couple days of the new moon and lasts five days. I guess that makes the whole cycle 28 days pretty much
Do you cycle regularly or irregularly? very regularly

What was the date when the herbs were started? 9/24/04
How many weeks pregnant were you when the herbs were started? between 3 and 4
For how many days were the herbs used (total)? 5
What was the date the pregnancy was terminated? 10/1/04

Were you using birth control? No
If you were not using birth control, please share why not. my, and my partner's, total irresponsibility

Did you experience any symptoms or signs of pregnancy? yes, swollen/tender breasts, feeling of bloating, fatigue, hunger, weird cravings...just felt that I had a life inside
When did they start? about a week before I confirmed pregnancy with a test

Please include a summary of dosage information.
I used 3tbsp pennyroyal dried leaves c/s (per quart), 2 tbsp tansy dried c/s (per quart),
20 drops of blue cohosh tincture (per cup), 1 tbsp of brewers yeast (per cup) in a tea that I tried to drink every four hours, DAY AND NIGHT.
however, the first two days I was not so regular about it...I think that made a difference. I was expecting to feel horrid, but I was really very unaffected. I had a mild head ache on the third day and cramping from day 3 to several days after treatment was discontinued.
I used the tea from 9/22 to 9/28.
As a side note, I did not use visualization techniques until the 3rd day of treatment, and even then it was difficult to focus all my energy on succeeding in my organically induced miscarriage. I really believe that confidence/support from women close to you and imaging are the two biggest factors.

Side effects.
How did the herbs affect you? not many. mild headache, some cramping
Any positive effects? not really
Where there any negative effects? possibly fatigue, but that could have been from the pregnancy Do you have any health problems or issues? No
How did the herbs make you feel physically? not very different
How did being pregnant make you feel physically? amazing, but tired and hungry too

Your Story -

Herbal abortion was hands down the first option I wanted to try. I believe wholeheartedly that herbs work, coupled as I said before with love and support from WOMEN close to you and visualization and imaging techniques... I mean concentrating EVERY bit of your energy on the lining of you uterus shedding. Talk to your baby too, if you feel comfortable. I did and it helped me feel at peace after she was gone. I think herbal abortion is more connected with nature and the wisdom of our foremothers, and its a shame that so much information was lost to us. good luck to all of you, lots of love.

I got pregnant the first month away from home in my freshman year of college. My boyfriend and I ran out of condoms and just decided to take our chances. We'd been using natural birth control methods combined with traditional ones, i.e. the first few days after my period we had sex with no condoms and he came inside me, for about a week after that we used spermacide only, then, when my vaginal secretions alerted me to my imminent ovulation we used condoms and spermacide together until my next period. this method never failed us for 6 months, and Im sure it would've proved ok again but woe, we ran out of condoms.

I started feeling pregnant a week before my period was due. However, I wanted to wait to take a test before I decided anything about termination. I knew about your website from various other scares, but I knew this time I would really need to figure out a recipe etc. I ordered the pennyroyal and tansy from Sage Woman herbs, an excellent company with good supplies and absolutely wonderful service.

Before I go further, I want to give credit to two sources that inspired me beyond belief. The first was the sisterzeus website. The compilation of wisdom is a tribute to the power of women, one that Im proud to now say Im a part of. The other was a book by Inga Muscio called "cunt: a declaration of independence". The woman is a genius. Any woman interested in the furthering or womankind's place in the world and her own personal sense of femininity should DEFINITELY pick up a copy. (By the way, Inga had a successful herbal abortion at 8 weeks which she describes in detail in her book)

When the herbs didn't work after a week, I felt that my time was running short. I was 6 weeks pregnant and I was dead set against a surgical abortion... the clinics in my area are good but not THAT good. Plus, ain't no one stickin a needle in my cervix, sorry. I am deathly afraid of shots, so chemical was out for me as well. the only option I felt truly comfortable with was getting a medical abortion. Downside- it was going to cost 500 dollars and could only be done up to 7 weeks, not enough time for another round of herbs. I could have gone to my boyfriend for the money, who was being really great and supportive (thank God and the Mother), but I felt that it was time to call my dearest mum. I had held off telling her for some reason but when I finally did, I realized it was the best thing I could have done. She didn't even blink at helping me out with the money and keeping it totally private between just her and I.

She came up and took care of me during the worst of the days following the "expulsion" of my baby. It meant sooooo much to have her there. The presence of a totally empathetic WOMAN made all the difference in the world. I was really blessed to go through such a heartbreaking process with as much love as I had. A word on the emotions- I felt very conflicted about my decision. I wanted to keep my baby so badly, but I knew it wasn't the right time for me. I knew I couldn't be a student and be a fully present mother for my child, and I couldn't rightly drop out of school with no formal education and no way to financially support myself. I would've been a huge burden on my family and the family of my boyfriend, who offered to marry me and help raise the baby. I have a gut feeling that the little soul is waiting in heaven to come back to me when Im ready, and I cant wait to meet her.

Is there anything you would have done differently? USE BIRTH CONTROL, listened to my body, started earlier on the herbs so I would've had more time

There are many lessons that can be learned from an experience such as this, Do you feel you have learned something from this experience? If so what? I love being pregnant and cant wait to finally carry my baby to term and hold her in my arms






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