A Personal Story

Submitted: Jan 14, 2001

Name: Lea
Age: 33
Weight: 230
Height: 5'11"
Pregnancy Test: Positive
Resolution: Clinical Abortion

Were you using birth control? Yes
What kind/method of birth control/contraception were you using? Spermacide
Do you know how/why it failed? Not sure.

What was the date of the first day of your last menstrual period? November 19, 2000
Do you know the date of fertilizing intercourse? What was it? Not really sure
What was the date you were expecting menstruation? December 14 or 15
How long do your cycles usually run? The whole cycle; 28 days, 30 days, more? less? does it vary?
Do you cycle regularly or irregularly? 28 days, does not vary, regular

What was the date when the herbs were started? December 16
For how many days were the herbs used (total)? 7 Days
What was the date the pregnancy was terminated? January 13, 2001

Please include a summary of dosage information.
Vitamin C 1000mg 1 every two hours for the first couple of days, then switched to every hour including dong quai for extra measure occasionally (also inserted, and drank some parsley tea from time to time). Felt mild cramping and nausea starting the second day on the vitamin c. Finally gave up and made a clinic appointment on day 7 when nothing happened.

Comments -
I had briefly reconciled with my husband after attempting a bitter divorce proceeding and was immediately pregnant not even 2 weeks after he got home. I found out after he left that I was indeed pregnant, and chose to terminate, because I already have twin boys 10 months old, and have a lot of complications with pregnancy. My husband is not helping support the twins, and I could just see my life flushing down the tubes with a third COMPLETELY my responsibility.

I really wanted to let the readers know, if they do have to go through a clinical experience, INVESTIGATE, INVESTIGATE the clinic for practices and policies. My EXPERIENCE was the worst medical experience I have ever had.

1. The Doctor( I use that term loosely) didn't believe in giving pain medication, so I received nothing to relieve my discomfort during the procedure. Even though when I made the appointment I requested IV sedation.
2. They had so many women waiting in gowns to be seen, felt very dehumanizing!
3. Not to mention when the procedure was over, the DOCTOR left the speculums inserted. They had to go get him, so I could get up from the table, with all kinds of people walking in and out of the room like I just needed to be dusted, and they were the cleaning crew!

I make light of it, because that's how I deal with things, but truthfully, THIS WAS AWFUL! Thanks

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