Herbal Abortion Database Findings
as of June 22, 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 end in clinical abortion are higher than are listed here, these figures are not from scientifically controlled studies.

  • 143 Women attempting to start a late period with herbs
    • 52 (36.4%) of these women terminated their pregnancies via clinical abortion (herbs didn't work)
    • 1 (.7%) woman had a missed abortion, miscarried at 10 wks, hemorrhaged just before her scheduled surgical abortion.
    • 1 (.7%) woman's herbal abortion attempt ended with a menstrual extraction.
    • 1 (.7%) woman gave birth (not recommended)
    • 88 (61.5%) 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
      • 20 (22.7%) were probably not pregnant
        - either by a negative pregnancy test
        - or based on the information provided, in my opinion they were not pregnant.
      • 26 (29.5%) were probably pregnant
        - Based on the information provided, in my opinion they were probably pregnant.
      • 42 (47.7%) had positive pregnancy tests and were successful using herbs to terminate pregnancy.


Women who had a Positive Test


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.

    Out of 143 database entries, 98 women had a positive pregnancy test, of those women:

      Herbs successfully terminated pregnancy for 43 women. (44%)
      While 55 women did not have the herbs work for them. (56%)

      • 7 women started the herbs about the time implantation occurred, 1 week pregnant. Normally this is too early for a pregnancy test to be accurate, but these women were pregnant confirmed with a pregnancy test about the time menses was due.
        • 2 (28.6%) were successful
        • 5 (71.5%) were not, pregnancies ended via surgical and chemical abortion.

      • 30 women began using the herbs at two weeks pregnant, (menstruation is due)
        • 15 (50%) of these women were successful
        • 15 (50%) women were not.

      • 29 Women with a positive test began using the herbs during the 3rd week of pregnancy. (menstruation is 1 week late)
        • 14 (48.3%) were successful. Herbs terminated pregnancy
        • 15 (51.7%) were not. Herbs didn't work.

      • 15 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 (53.3%)
        • 7 Women were not (46.7%)

      • 3 Women starting their herbal abortion attempt at 5 weeks pregnant were not successful. (3 weeks late)
      • 3 More women starting herbal abortion at 6 weeks pregnant also wound up at the abortion clinic. (4 weeks late)
      • 2 Women started herbal abortion at 7 weeks, they were unsuccessful.
      • 1 Woman started in her 8th week and was not successful.

    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.


How long did it Take?


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 women who were successful at terminating their confirmed pregnancies herbally.



All weeks of pregnancy taken together. (positive tests only, and success with herbs)

  • 7.1% of women began bleeding on the 3rd day of self-treatment.
  • 11.9% of women began bleeding within 4 days.
  • 16.7% of women began bleeding in 5
  • 21.4% began bleeding in 6 days of self-treatment
  • 11.9% began bleeding in 7 days
  • 4.8% began bleeding in 10 days.
  • 7.1% began bleeding in 14 days of self-treatment.

  • To keep things in perspective, 56% of women who attempted herbal abortion were not successful.

    Women who started herbs around the time of implantation, one week before menstruation was due, (week 1)
    • 1 began bleeding in 16 days. she used a combination of vit c, dong quai, pennyroyal and cotton.
    • 1 began bleeding in 33 days. she used a combination of black cohosh, parsley, dong quai and vit c

    16 women started herbs during the 2nd week of pregnancy, when menstruation is due.

    • 1 began bleeding in 14 days (6.3%)
    • 1 began bleeding in 7 days (6.3%)
    • 5 began bleeding in 6 days (31.3%)
    • 4 began in 5 days (25%)
    • 2 began in 4 days (12.5%)
    • 2 began in 3 days (12.5%)
    • 1 began in 2 days (6.3%)


    14 women starting herbs during the 3rd week of pregnancy.

    • 1 woman began bleeding in 1 day. (7.1%) (she was probably about to miscarry anyway)
    • 1 woman began bleeding in 4 days. (7.1%)
    • 3 women began bleeding in 5 days (21.4%)
    • 2 began in 6 days (14.3%)
    • 2 began in 7 days (14.3%)
    • 1 began in 10 days (7.1%)
    • 1 began in 11 days (7.1%)
    • 1 began in 14 days (7.1%)
    • 1 began in 16 days (7.1%)
    • 1 began in 30 days (7.1%)


    8 women began self-treatment in the 4th week of pregnancy.

    • 1 woman started bleeding in 3 days (12.5%)
    • 2 began in 4 days (25%)
    • 1 began in 5 days
    • 1 began in 6 days
    • 1 began in 7 days
    • 1 began in 10 days
    • 1 began in 14 days

    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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