A Personal Story

Submitted: August 10, 2005

Shared by: Becca

Age: 25
Weight: 130
Height: 5'6"

Do you smoke tobacco? very small amounts, irregularly
Where are you from? What country? USA

Did you have a pregnancy test? No.
If no pregnancy test was taken - do you think you were pregnant? How strongly do you feel this way? I knew because I was two weeks late for my period, I had unprotected sex around the time of ovulation, my breasts were tender, and I was having baby dreams. I have had medical abortions previously when I tested positive for pregnancy and I had the exact same symptoms.

How was the pregnancy ended? I used Pennyroyal, black cohosh, blue cohosh, angelica root, and yarrow. I made tea using equal parts and half part angelica root. I drank a cup of the tea 2-3 times a day for a week until I began bleeding. I had unusual cramping on the 6th day, and when I bled it was only for 2 days and it was very clotty.

Were you successful in using the herbs? Yes.
Would you try herbs again, or recommend them to a friend in the same situation? Yes.
Is there anything that clued you in that the herbs might be working before bleeding started? Yes, the cramping.

Is this your first pregnancy? No.

How many weeks pregnant were you when the herbs were started? 2
For how many days were the herbs used (total)? 7
What was the date the pregnancy was terminated? 49 days after previously menstruating Or, what was the date bleeding started if herbs were successful?

Were you using birth control? No
What kind/method of birth control/contraception were you using? None
Do you know how/why it failed? If you were not using birth control, please share why not. I hate putting hormones into my body. I should have protected myself. It was my error.
Side effects. How did the herbs affect you? I didn't notice them.
Any positive effects? not that I noticed.
Where there any negative effects? cramping on the 6th day

Do you have any health problems or issues? No
How did being pregnant make you feel physically? emotional, sore breasts.

If the herbs caused miscarriage -- how did you feel just before bleeding began? And when bleeding started - How was the bleeding, cramping, etc?
The cramping felt like a scraping sensation. I was working at the time, I was able to continue with medium discomfort. I didn't understand what was happening. It did not feel like regular cramps. It was more painful, and longer lasting, but not unbearable. The bleeding only lasted 2 days (which is unusual, I normally bleed for 5) and was not liquid, but blood clotts and stringy.

Could you reflect on the process of a herbal abortion and write a paragraph about it. I would like to add something of this nature to my website, but would like other experiences to draw upon besides my own. Thanks.

I would recommend this method to any woman. This information is harder and harder to come by since pharmaceutical companies don't want people to be able to heal themselves. I have had medical abortions and the effects from it were traumatic and scaring for life. It is unnecessary for women to have to go under the knife when there is a natural cure that has been used by women for centuries. It is important the we, as women, have this information and pass it on to our sisters and daughters.

I have used day after pills and hormones, all of which are unnatural and unnecessary in my opinion. Lets put the power back in the hands of the women, where it belongs.

My Story: In a moment of poor planning I had unprotected sex during ovulation. I waited 2 weeks to see if I would begin menstruation as usual. I was confident the week before that I would start bleeding normally since my breasts were tender and I noticed mood swings. I bleed like clockwork. The day I was to begin my period came and went. Because of swollen breasts I thought for sure I would start at any minute. Two weeks went by after I should have begun with no signs of bleeding. I started dreaming of babies. This was the same thing that happened 2 times before when I was pregnant. I dreamt of babies, took a pregnancy test, and sure enough I was pregnant. The two times prior I chose to have medical abortions. The second time I was in the midwest and anti-abortionist were picketing outside of the clinic. The facility used only a local anesthetic. I cried and writhed in pain as they roughly did the procedure with no love or support. I vowed I would never go through it again. Sure enough, years later I found myself in the same position.

I went to the homeopathic store that I get herbs from regularly and asked them if they knew of anything, and I was immediately turned away. They said that they are restricted by law from sharing that information with me and had no referrals. I asked my mother and girl friend's if they knew of anything, and two weeks after missing my period, I finally found a friend that had a remedy. She recommended Pennyroyal, Blue cohosh, Black cohosh, Yarrow and Angelica Root. I used 1 part of each and 1/2 part Angelica Root. I found a herb store that carried all of the herbs and was given the funny eye as I made my purchase. It seemed they knew what I was up to.

I would make tea each morning using a 1/2 cup of each and 1/4 cup angelica root, I would let it steep for ten minutes and then I would drink a cup in the morning and a cup at night. This information was passed down to my friend from her friend etc. I had no idea if it was the right amount, or how long it would take.

I didn't notice any physical effects from it for the first 5 days (other than the horrible taste of the tea). On day six I had cramping that was more painful than menstrual cramps. I was working at an event however, and I was able to continue working without being noticed. The cramps went on for several hours in the evening. The next morning I woke up and was bleeding. However it was not normal. It was not fluid, it was mostly blood clotts and very dark. I normally menstruate for 5 days with clotting on the 4 and 5 days. This, however, only lasted 2 days and was all clotts. 28 days later I had a normal period and have been normal since.

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