A Personal Story

Submitted: Jan 12, 2001

Name: Elise
Weight: 145
Height: 5'1"
Age: 19 years and 11 months
Pregnancy Test: Positive
Resolution: Chemical Abortion

Were you using birth control? yes
What kind/method of birth control/contraception were you using? barrier method -- condom, and in addition the man DID NOT EJACULATE. He lost his erection halfway through.
Do you know how/why it failed? No idea. Apparently I needed this lesson.

What was the date of the first day of your last menstrual period? November 29, 2000
Do you know the date of fertilizing intercourse? What was it? December 10, 2000, in the wee hours.
What was the date you were expecting menstruation? Between the 27 and 30 of December
How long do your cycles usually run? The whole cycle; 28 days, 30 days, more? less? does it vary? Varies between 24 and 30 days.
Do you cycle regularly or irregularly? Irregularly

What was the date when the herbs were started? Vitamin C was started (5g/day) on 1/1/01, upped to 10+ g/day on 1/3, Dong Quai, parsley and ginger tea added on 1/5, Black Cohosh added on 1/7, tansy tea (in extreme moderation) added on 1/9.
for how many days were the herbs used (total)? 9 days (from 1/1 to 1/10, the day before my appointment)
What was the date the pregnancy was terminated? Injections given 1/11/01, suppositories will be inserted on 1/16, with pregnancy terminating between 1/16 and 1/17

Please include a summary of dosage information. And any side effects noted. Vitamin C 5-10g/day, Dong Quai three capsules every three hours (more than reccomended), Black Cohosh same as Dong Quai, Ginger tea 1 tsp in 1 cup water four times a day, Tansy 1/2 tsp in one cup water three times a day. tansy almost made me pass out from that small dosage, headaches and stomachaches were common with the other herbs.

Comments -
For anyone who needs a clinic in the Bay Area, Buena Vista Women's Center is wonderful. All of my fears were definitely allayed. My only other advice is to be careful with dosages -- this is potent stuff. In addition to the herbs, I went snowboarding twice (I fall a lot), I ran, jumped on a trampoline, didn't sleep, barely ate, and generally tried to convince my body that it couldn't do this, and it still thinks it can.

Is there anything you would have done differently? Aside from not getting pregnant in the first place, I'd try tansy first -- it gave me my only response, a single drop of blood, but the way I used it was as a last wing and prayer right before my appointment.

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