Findings Updated and Revised January 7, 2001

Information comes from women who have attempted herbal abortion, and who have taken the time, to fill out my questionnaire. I'm certain the rates of herbal abortions that ended in clinical abortion are higher than are listed here,

  • 119 Women attempting to start a late period with herbs
    • 40 (50.6%) of these women terminated their pregnancies via clinical abortion (herbs didn't work)
    • 1 (.8%) woman had an incomplete abortion which was ended in a clinical abortion.
    • 1 (.8%) woman's herbal abortion attempt ended with a menstrual extraction.
    • 1 (.8%) woman gave birth (not recommended)
    • 76 (63.9%) of these women are successful when using herbs to start their period
      • Of the women who were successful in using herbs to start their periods
      • 18 (23.7%) were probably not pregnant
        - either by a negative pregnancy test
        - or based on the information provided, in my opinion they were not pregnant.
      • 22 (28.9%) were probably pregnant
        - Based on the information provided, in my opinion they were probably pregnant.
      • 36 (47.4%) had positive pregnancy tests and were successful using herbs to terminate pregnancy.



These women all had positive tests, its broken down into the week that herbs were started, and how many found success with the herbs, and how many went for clinical abortions.

36 total women were successful (45.6%)
40 total women went for a clinical abortion after the herbs didn't work (50.6%)

  • 22 began using the herbs at two weeks pregnant, (menstruation is due)
    • 14 (63.6%) of these women were successful
    • 8 (36.4%) women were not.

  • 22 Women with a positive test began using the herbs during the 3rd week of pregnancy. (menstruation is 1 week late)
    • 10 (45.5%) were successful. Herbs terminated pregnancy
    • 12 (54.5%) were not. Herbs didn't work.

  • 14 Women attempted herbal abortion starting in the 4th week of pregnancy all having a positive pregnancy test (menstruation is 2 weeks late)
    • 8 Women were successful (57.1%)
    • 6 Women were not and terminated their pregnancies via clinical abortion (42.8%)

  • 2 Women starting their herbal abortion attempt at 5 weeks pregnant were not successful. (3 weeks late)
  • 2 More women starting herbal abortion at 6 weeks pregnant also wound up at the abortion clinic. (4 weeks late)

    The remaining women, I was unable to determine what week of pregnancy the herbs were started so they were not included in the week by week breakdown.




I thought it might be interesting to note the length of time it took for the herbs to be effective during the different weeks of pregnancy for the 36 women who were successful at terminating their confirmed pregnancies herbally.



Women who had a positive pregnancy test and who successfully terminated their pregnancies began bleeding after 'x' days of self-treatment.

  • 11.1% of women began bleeding within 4 days.
  • 16.7% of women began bleeding in 5
  • 25.0% began bleeding in 6 days
  • 8.3% began bleeding in 7 days
  • 5.6 % began bleeding in 10 days.
  • To keep things in prespective, 50.6% of women who attempted herbal abortion were not successful.

Breaking this information down into weeks pregnant.....

    1 woman began taking herbs one week before menstruation was due, (week 1 of pregnancy) and was successful after 16 days of self-treatment. (she was the only one who took a pregnancy test) She used a combination of vitamin c, dong quai, pennyroyal and cotton.

    14 of the women who were successful using the herbs and had a positive pregnancy test began self-treatment with herbs when 2 weeks pregnant.

    • 1 began bleeding in 14 days (7.1%)
    • 5 began bleeding in 6 days (44.4%)
    • 3 began in 5 days (21.4%)
    • 2 began in 4 days (14.3%)
    • 2 began in 3 days
    • 1 began in 2 days
      Out of the 14 women, 2 of them used vitamin c by itself, 3 more used just vitamin c and dong quai, 2 more include black cohosh with the vitamin c and dong quai. 5 other women used other herbs in addition to the vitamin c. One woman's choices for herbs is unknown. And one used a pennyroyal and ginger combination.


    10 women with positive pregnancy tests, starting herbs during the 3rd week of pregnancy and who were successful.

    • 1 woman began bleeding in 5 days
    • 2 began in 6 days
    • 1 began in 7 days
    • 1 began in 10 days
    • 1 began in 30 days
      Out of these 10 women, 1 used vitamin c by itself, 3 more used a combination of vitamin c and dong quai, 2 of those 3 also included black cohosh. 5 more women used a combination of vitamin c and other herbs. One more woman used dong quai, blue coshosh and other herbs.


    8 women with positive pregnancy tests, beginning self-treatment in the 4th week of pregnancy; herbs were successful.

    • 1 woman started bleeding in 3 days
    • 1 began in 4 days
    • 1 began in 6 days
    • 1 began in 7 days
      Out of the 8 women who were successful, one's choices for herbs is unknown. 1 lady from China used Dong Quai and unripe pineapple, and 5 ladies used a combination of vitamin c, dong quai and black cohosh, 2 of those women also included blue cohosh, another used pennyroyal, and another used several herbal teas.

    3 women who successfully terminated a confirmed pregnancy test were not included because the weeks they were pregnant when they started self-treatment is unknown.





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