A Personal Story

Submitted: May 16, 2005

Shared by: Cary from the US

Age: 28
Weight: 165
Height: 5’9"

Did you have a pregnancy test? yes
When was it taken? At one week late
What was the result. positive

How was the pregnancy ended? I mega dosed on Vitamin C, I alternated 500 and 1000 mg every hour, every two hours from 01:45 to 05:45, I also drank a but load of parsley/ginger(homemade) tea throughout the 7 days of home treatment. On the third day I added Dong Quai, I took 1000 and 1500 mg alternating every two hours, on the 5th day I started to spot, the 6th day I had terrible cramps way worse than any period. Then by the 7th day I was bleeding closely to a period, I continued the tea and vitamin C throughout the day. I took more than normal because I am very healthy, I work out everyday and ride my bike everyday, and have spent the last 8 years concentrating on my uterine health. I am very regular like clock work, I really had to intend to terminate this pregnancy.

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? I sat outside on my spot and spent a lot of time in meditation, I felt the world as feminine for the first time very strongly and I felt at ease for the first time, spotting started the next day.

Is this your first pregnancy? no

How many weeks pregnant were you when the herbs were started? I was two weeks late for my period, I think that puts me at 3 weeks pregnant?

For how many days were the herbs used (total)? 7

Were you using birth control? no
What kind/method of birth control/contraception were you using? My husband never comes inside me
Do you know how/why it failed? We had sex more than once in one night for 3 days in a row, I never thought I was ovulating, we have since decided not to do that again and to pay close attention to my cycle.
If you were not using birth control, please share why not. I try to be a natural as possible, I don‘t like the way birth control make me feel, and condoms irritate something fierce.

Did you experience any symptoms or signs of pregnancy? We had rough sex and there was pain and some bleeding, I also couldn't be on top
When did they start? 4 days before I should have started my period

Side effects.
How did the herbs affect you? I was tired, and had some loose stool
Any positive effects? The ginger helped my circulation.
Where there any negative effects? no
Do you have any health problems or issues? no

How did being pregnant make you feel physically? I was not happy, and felt very tired.

If the herbs caused miscarriage -- how did you feel just before bleeding began? And when bleeding started - How was the bleeding, cramping, etc? Many women would like to know more about this part. If you can describe what it was like for you it would be helpful. I don‘t want to have children, I can only think of selfish reasons to do so, so I don‘t want to burden anyone with my insecurities or pettiness. I meditated for 7 days, I didn't watch t.v. or read or anything, I listened to positive music mostly the band YES, and just explained to the child, that I was touched to be chosen, but that for all of our sakes it just wasn't meant to be.

Could you reflect on the process of a herbal abortion? I have been pregnant once before, it ended in a miscarriage, luckily, I really don‘t want children, however at that time in my life I wasn't as healthy. I had to have a DNC and this was the worst experience of my life, I felt horrible and mistreated.

Your Story - Thank you for having made this website, I don‘t know where I would have been with out it. Yours was the most informative and felt positive. I will from now on pay a lot more attention to my cycle and hopefully will never have to go through this again. Thank you so much!

Is there anything you would have done differently? No, this was the correct choice for everyone involved. I have no guilt!

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, about myself about my feelings and We will be a lot more aware in the future, you can count on it, none of it was pleasant, there is always a price, but in the end I know we made the right decision. Again, thank you.

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