A Personal Story




Submitted: Dec 14, 2000

Name: Janet

Weight: 120 lb.
Height: 5'5"
Age: 23
Pregnancy Test: Positive
Resolution: Herbs were successful.

What was the date of the first day of your last menstrual period? My period before my pregancy was approximately October 18th.
Do you know the date of fertilizing intercourse? What was it? No.
What was the date you were expecting menstruation? Approximately November 18th.
How long do your cycles usually run? About 30 days, but it does vary.
Do you cycle regularly or irregularly? Pretty regular, though it often does vary by three or four days.

What was the date when the herbs were started? I began vitamin C on Decmeber 3rd, and the herbs on December 4th. (The herbs are not available in the town I live in, so I couldn't start earlier.)

For how many days were the herbs used (total)? I used the herbs for five days in total, though I had small amounts of pennyroyal on-and-off for four days after this, and decreasing doses of vitamin C for two extra days.

What was the date bleeding started if herbs were successful?
On December 8th I had minor bleeding in the morning, more so on the morning of the 9th, and the morning of the 10th I had bad cramping and heavy bleeding.

Please include a summary of dosage information. And any side effects noted.

Name of the herb: Pennyroyal
Form or method taken or used: tea (3 Tbs dried herb per 1 litre water)
Amount taken: half a cup
Frequency: every two hours, except at night, when I woke up only once and took 1 cups
Duration (dates are useful) : December 4th to December 8th

Name of the herb: Dong Quai
Form or method taken or used: capsule (565 mg)
Amount taken: 1 capsule
Frequency: every three hours, except at night, when I woke up only once and took 2 capsules
Duration (dates are useful) : December 4th to December 8th

Name of the herb: Vitamin C
Form or method taken or used: pill (500mg)
Amount taken: 1 pill
Frequency: every hour and a half, except at night, when I woke up only once and took 2 pills
Duration (dates are useful) : December 3th to December 7th (after which I took half the dose on the 8th and a quarter of the dose on the 9th)

Side effects: I was very tired all day while I took the herbs. This was probably partially caused by the situation alone, but the herbs had something to do with it, I'm sure. I also had an allergic reaction to something unrelated, and I had hives, which also increases my tiredness.
Other than that minor effect and minor cramping with the pennyroyal, I didn't notice anything else.

Is there anything you would have done differently? Other than not getting pregnant to begin with, and not paying enough attention to my body to notice that I was pregnant sooner, no.






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