A Personal Story

Submitted: Jan 26, 2001

Shared By: Ana
Age: 26
Weight: 190
Height: 5'11"
Pregnancy Test: Positive
Resolution: Clinical Abortion

Were you using birth control? Yes
What kind/method of birth control/contraception were you using? Condoms and Fertility awareness.
Do you know how/why it failed? Nope, just bum luck!

For how many days were the herbs used (total)? 1 week
What was the date the pregnancy was terminated? 8 weeks

Please include a summary of dosage information. And any side effects noted.
Name of the herb: Black and Blue Cohosh Penny Royal
Form or method taken or used: Infusion
Amount taken: Infusion from 1 ounce each herb separate every day.
Frequency: 1 of each (3 cups) per day
Duration (dates are useful) 1 week
side effects: Slight uterus cramping

Comments -
As soon as the pregnancy test was positive I scheduled a clinical abortion. I used the week to take the Black Cohosh and Blue Cohosh with Penny Royal. I found that taking the infusions(teas) allowed me to feel that terminating the pregnancy was truly my choice. It allowed me to take control and communicate to my body that this particular pregnancy was not going to be continued.

If I had aborted from the herbs in the privacy of my own home I would have felt freer from the social implications of it. However, I believe I gained spiritual, psychological, and physical unity with my choice by using the herbs. The abortion was not forced on me by others or done to me by others.
I chose to terminate the pregnancy.

I believe herbs should be considered ritual as well as functional abortificants. I discovered this through herbal failure, only to realize the herbs served me best of all.

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