A Personal Story

Submitted: Aug 29, 2000

Name: Cori

Weight: 195
Height: 5'9"
Age: 34
Do you smoke tobacco? Yes. 1 pack/day

Did you have a pregnancy test? Yes. CVS Brand
When was it taken? August 25th
What was the result. Positive

How was the pregnancy ended? Herbs
Were you successful in using the herbs? Yes
Is this your first pregnancy? No

Were you using birth control? No. Stupidly.
What kind/method of birth control/contraception were you using? Withdrawal
Do you know how/why it failed? Failure to withdraw
If you were not using birth control, please share why not. - Total irresponsibility.

What was the date of the first day of your last menstrual period? July 29th (I had a clinical abortion)
Do you know the date of fertilizing intercourse? Yes. What was it? August 11th
What was the date you were expecting menstruation? August 26th.
How long do your cycles usually run? Every 28 days, like clockwork. Varying by a day or two beginning a few months ago.
Do you cycle regularly or irregularly? Regularly

What was the date when the herbs were started? August 25th.
For how many days were the herbs used (total)? 3 days

Please include a summary of dosage information. And any side effects noted.

Aug. 25th - 5pm (4x500mg tablets Vit. C) 7pm (3x500mg Vit. C) 10pm (3x500mg Vit. C) 12:30am (3x500mg Vit. C) - experienced moderate headache late that Evening;

Sat Aug. 26th - (8am - 3x500mg Vit. C) then 4x500mg Vit. C at 10am, 12pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm and 9:30pm noticed extreme irritability, weepiness, anxiety, lessening of pregnancy Symptoms.

Aug. 27th - 4x500mg Vit. C at 8:45am, 1:45pm, 5pm and 8:30pm; 1x1,000mg capsules Dong Quai taken at 10:30am, 2:30pm, 6:30pm, and 9:30pm.

Aug. 28th - 4x500mg Vit. C at 8:00am, 10:00am, 12:30pm, 4:00pm and 6:00pm; 1x1000mg Dong Quai taken at 8:30am, 3:30pm and 7:30pm. Bleeding began around 10:00am on Aug. 28th. No noticeable side effects

Comments -
I am now a firm believer in the power of herbs. I have always thought that contraception belonged in the world of "real" medicine so it was with some skepticism that I viewed the alternatives offered at this site. I was desperate and full of despair when I realized I was pregnant again. I gave birth to my second daughter only eight months ago and was far from ready to have another baby.

I had a clinical abortion at twelve weeks gestation on July 29th and the thought of having to endure that again was more than I could bear but I would have gone through it were in not for my success with the herbs. My husband and I made love (we used a condom the first time but not the second) on August 11, which I should have realized was right during my fertile period. I am very regular and can usual tell when I am ovulating buy a slight pain in the ovary releasing the egg. However, because of the abortion, I figured things would be all screwed up (as was I) and so did not listen to my body. One week later I took a rare afternoon nap. Alarm bells started to go off in my head. One week after that my breasts began tingling. I could no longer ignore the signs and on Friday, August 25th, I bought a CVS brand pregnancy kit and took the test. It was positive. I was horrified. How could I have been so irresponsible? I got online immediately to see if I could find a doctor who did chemical abortions (I could not face another clinical one so soon) when I came across this site.

I decided to try the Vitamic C/Dong Quai method figuring it couldn't hurt and just might actually work. I began with Vitamin C that same day (Friday). Because I smoke (a pack a day) and have medically controlled high blood pressure, I consulted an herbalist who told me it would be ok to proceed as planned. I took 2,000mg (4x500mg. tablets of pure abscorbic acid) at 5:00pm and 1,500mg. at 7, 10, and 12:30p that evening. Got a moderate headache and was a bit gassy. Continued the Vit. C on Saturday, taking 2,000mg at 8, 10, 12, 4:30, 6:30 and 9:30. Was extremely irritable and weepy, nervous, felt like a really really bad case of PMS. Possibly because of the drop in progesterone? Continued Vit. C on Sunday but added 1,000mg of Dong Quai in capsule form at 10:30, 2:30, 6:30 and 9:30. I also sat down and visualized my womb and the attached embryo, put my hands on my lower belly and asked the egg to release itself, to let it's spirit go on to another who is unable to conceive and promising to ask for its return someday. That evening, I masturbated to a powerful orgasm hoping to begin sustained contractions. On Monday morning, I began I spot. I continued with the Vit. C and Dong Quai until the bleeding turned red and was as heavy as my periods, which happened Monday evening. Very little cramping but I am passing a bit of tissue now and then. I will take another pregnancy test in a week or 10 days.

I now have a completely different and eye opening view of herbs and how they work. I also learned that I can take control of my reproductive health, to some extent, without invasive procedures. I am so happy to have found this site.

Thank you Sister.

Is there anything you would have done differently? Aside from not having unprotected sex in the first place? No.

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