A Personal Story

Submitted: Dec 6, 2004

Shared by: Andrea

Age: 27
Height: 5'6"

Did you have a pregnancy test? yes, I took three different ones at weekly intervals to make sure
When was it taken? First one was when my period was late a couple of days
What was the result. positive
If more than one test was taken please include info for each one. I took the second test one week later: positive..........I took the third one another week later: positive

How was the pregnancy ended? Vitamin C (without rosehips)
Were you successful in using the herbs? YES! YES! YES!
Would you try herbs again, or recommend them to a friend in the same situation? Of course!!!
Is there anything that clued you in that the herbs might be working before bleeding started? Definitely.....all of my pregnancy symptoms, including tender chest, went completely away. This is what gave me the confidence to continue with the vitamin C.

Is this your first pregnancy? No

How many weeks pregnant were you when the herbs were started? approximately 2 - 21/2 weeks pregnant
For how many days were the herbs used (total)? almost 1 month, about 28 days
What was the date the pregnancy was terminated? December 6, (when my period was due)

Were you using birth control? yes
What kind/method of birth control/contraception were you using? condoms
Do you know how/why it failed? perhaps faulty condom or not being careful enough (although its possible he poked a hole in it because he wanted me to get pregnant)

Did you experience any symptoms or signs of pregnancy? YES
When did they start? basically right after conception but I tried to ignore them until I realized my period was late and took a test

Please include a summary of dosage information.
I ONLY USED VITAMIN C(without rosehips).........2000 mg every hour almost around the clock except when sleeping, then I would wake up every 4 hours or so and take a double dose........I did this solid for almost an entire month WITHOUT ANY SIDE EFFECTS......In fact, I felt great because besides taking away the pregnancy symptoms (which I hated) it also boosts the immune system so I even felt better than normal and didn't even catch a virulent cold and flu combo that everyone else around me caught.

Side effects. NONE (not even diarrhea because when you take it every hour it just keeps a steady amount in your bloodstream at all times but not enough (like in one large megadose) to cause diarrhea)

Any positive effects? better immune system and most importantly took away the pregnancy symptoms
Where there any negative effects? NO
Do you have any health problems or issues? NO
How did the herbs make you feel physically? Great
How did being pregnant make you feel physically? Horrifying

If the herbs caused miscarriage -- how did you feel just before bleeding began? And when bleeding started - How was the bleeding, cramping, etc?

RIGHT when my period would be due anyway, my body started to kick in hormonally and started the bleeding process.....but I feel that the fetus had already died off about 2 weeks before my period was due, it just took my natural hormones to start the menstrual or shedding process.......however, it was slightly different than a regular period because normally I have very little PMS symptoms but this time I had all sorts of strong PMS symptoms like: hot flashes for a couple of days, stronger cramping, wild mood swings, (my boyfriend was lucky to live through it) dropping my retained water weight, restlessness, couldn't sleep (but maybe this was caused by my extreme excitement that my period was coming)..........Overall, it was relatively mild and certainly nothing compared to having a clinical abortion..........

When the bleeding started it was just spotting for two days and on the third day the cramps kicked in and the blood started to come out dark at first(the old brown blood) and then slowly but surely I started seeing bright red blood with clotts but it didn't start really coming out until the night of the third day after several hours of cramping feelings.......it was a lot slower coming out than I expected but eventually it speeded up and I saw lots of viscous material with a lot of little clotts the size of nickels and it was DEFINITELY different material coming out than a regular period (thicker and clottier) but like I said overall NO BIG DEAL.....Also, I never had to stay in bed or anything, I was very energetic and actually was running around ecstatically thanking the gods and crying with tears of joy, also trying to do some light aerobics to get the blood to come out faster.....

Your Story -

I have already given my story in detail above but I would like to say that when I read the stories on your site that said that the herbs had failed, I noticed that almost all of them were inconsistent in some way when taking the herbs and were usually very impatient and didn't wait long enough before running to a clinic to let the herbs take effect.......Also, I feel that the number one thing to take is vitamin C because it is totally safe when compared to the possible side effects of the other herbs......I took vitamin C for almost an entire month without any negative side effects and I KNEW IT WAS WORKING BECAUSE THE PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS WENT AWAY.......I think this is a very important thing to mention because it gave me the faith to keep taking it for a month even though your web site said to not take it for more than 10 days........I feel that it is totally safe and logical to be patient and give it at least 1 month until your next period is due and then to let your natural hormones kick in and do the rest.....If for some reason your bleeding doesn't start after 1 month of taking vitamin C then you can still go to a clinic at that point and have a clinical abortion because you would still only be 6 weeks along and they do abortions at the clinic up until the 12th week.......I feel that this is the number one reason that other people have failed when they used herbs, they just were not patient enough and they used all sorts of weird combinations of things when all you need is CONSISTENT USE OF VITAMIN C.

Is there anything you would have done differently? NO! I am confident that consistent use of Vitamin C (without rosehips) and enough patience will work every time. (But I don't plan on ever having to go through pregnancy again)

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 have learned to trust the old fashioned natural ways and to listen to my body with its subtle language and NOT TO PANIC and end up running to a western doctor who wants to charge $500 and do things the difficult way when all you need is a couple of bottles of vitamin C and faith in nature.

I have a couple of additions to my experience that I have already emailed to you........first of all, the spotting started on Dec 4, not the 6th...........also, on the evening of the 6th after passing lots of little nickel sized clots etc., I felt something larger and denser come out and it fell into the toilet with more of a little "thud" when it hit the bottom.....it was about the size of a silver dollar and it looked like the placenta.......anyway, I'm sure it was the embryo because I also felt a little rush of sadness (very brief) coming from it like it was saying goodbye.....and I told it how grateful I was that it was leaving willingly because under no circumstance can I have a child with my current boyfriend......also the cramping has now abated and I feel "empty" in my abdomen area again.......

OK, well, I thought it was over after I passed the silver dollar sized thing.......it was NOT over..........for about seven hours I had no cramps and felt fine, I even ate dinner and felt very relaxed, then all of a sudden the cramps came back full force but even worse than before.......I felt blood come out in a gush that soaked my pad so I ran to the bathroom, sat on the toilet and as I'm looking down at how my pajama bottoms are also soaked through, I feel something palpably bigger than anything that had come before squeeze out and go in the toilet......it felt like a small fish had just squirted out, (sorry to be so grossly descriptive), so I retrieved it and actually looked at it up close in a bowl......it was four or five times bigger than the silver dollar thing and very round, rubbery, meaty looking, and of course slimy and dark red......now I am confused, could this be the placenta and the silver dollar thing was the embryo?.....I checked this large thing and there was no fetus in it, it just felt like a piece of raw meat, semi solid but it would break apart if prodded too much.......

{Note: Blood clotts can be large, and blood can also pool in the vagina, this could look meaty and also break apart/dissolve}

Also, I take back what I said before about this being just a little different from a period and "no big deal", the cramps I am experiencing are making me double over and I now have to lie down so I won't pass out or anything.....don't worry, I'm not bleeding profusely or anything, the bleeding stopped again for now.......but I must say that if miscarrying at 6 weeks feels this yucky then I couldn't even begin to imagine how horrifying it would be to give birth at 9 months........I don't see how women do it.......Either I'm the world's biggest wimp or I was a man in all my past lives cause I just don't comprehend why anyone would want to go through that......Thanks again.

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