A Personal Story

Submitted: Jan 29, 2001

Name: "Keebler"
Age: 24
Height: 5-1
Pregnancy Test: Positive
Resolution: Medical Abortion

Did you have a pregnancy test? yes
When was it taken? 2 days late for period
What was the result. positive
How was the pregnancy ended? 2-part "medical abortion"

Were you successful in using the herbs? not this time. Always was before using Vitamin C but each time got harder and harder. This time it failed altogether and I had to do it medically. :(
Is this your first pregnancy? no

Were you using birth control? yes
What kind/method of birth control/contraception were you using? timing
Do you know how/why it failed? miscalculated
If you were not using birth control, please share why not. honestly, we'd used the last condom and were too lazy to go out that night to get more.

What was the date of the first day of your last menstrual period? Dec 24
Do you know the date of fertilizing intercourse? What was it? Jan 5
What was the date you were expecting menstruation? Jan 19
How long do your cycles usually run? 26 days
Do you cycle regularly or irregularly? no more than 1 day off any given month

For how many days were the herbs used (total)? Used Vitamin C for a couple of days after intercourse. Found out it didn't work so I started using it in greater proportions (6-7 g/day) for several days (with breaks between days). That didn't work so I tried evening primrose oil twice and parsley once directly on the cervix. This only made very minimal "spotting"

What was the date the pregnancy was terminated? Going tomorrow to have it done...

Please include a summary of dosage information. And any side effects noted. The only side effect is that Vitamin C has been known to harden the arteries of the heart (I have a VERY mild heart condition, but I did notice an accelerated heart rate). The vit.C also caused both diarrhea and constipation. The Evening Primrose Oil caused fever.

Comments -
I would just like to caution women that continually using the same herbs for abortion (I don't know about contraception personally) may cause you to become "immune" to them. I've used Vitamin C for the past 4, with each becoming longer and longer to terminate. This 4th one had to be done medically because time just "ran out" for effectiveness.

On the up side, there is now an alternative to surgery if the pregnancy is within 7 weeks. There's a "medical" abortion now available that uses only a shot in the butt to block the growth of cells and 4 tablets inserted 5-7 days later to bring on the flow. It's 95% effective but only done with in the first 49 days of pregnancy and only at certain clinics. Most say the only side effect is that the period may last up to 3-4 weeks (most only 2) and there is heavy bleeding, clotting, and cramps not unlike a miscarriage or a "bad" period. For those who are unsuccessful at herbs, I recommend looking into this method. You can go to any search engine and look up "medical abortion" (must be in quotes, though, or you'll get unrelated information). The price ranges I've seen are from $275 to $500. Mine was $350. This includes a complete exam, testing for STD's, the abortion process (the shot being the only part that takes place at the office. The rest happens at home), and 2 follow-up visits including 2 months supply of birth control pills. I have not found one yet that takes insurance. Must be paid in cash. It's cheaper though if you find a clinic for under-privileged women.
Good luck to you all.

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