A Personal Story

Submitted: Aug 9, 2000

Name: Natalie
Weight: 155
Height: 5'6
Age: 19
Do you smoke tobacco? No

Did you have a pregnancy test? Yes
When was it taken? two days after I was due
What was the result. negative, but it was a cheap one If more than one test was taken please include info for each one.
If no pregnancy test was taken - do you think you were pregnant? How strongly do you feel this way?
Did you experience any symptoms or signs of pregnancy? I know that I was pregnant.
I asked her to take another pregnancy test, she did so on 08/12/00 which was also negative. She was still spotting. --Sz

How was the pregnancy ended? Pennyroyal, Thyme (mostly)
Were you successful in using the herbs? Yep
Is this your first pregnancy? no, one child that I placed for adoption.

Were you using birth control? sort of (which means no)
What kind/method of birth control/contraception were you using? Withdraw
Do you know how/why it failed? I wasn't being careful
If you were not using birth control, please share why not. It was a one time spare-of the moment thing.

What was the date of the first day of your last menstrual period? 6/30
Do you know the date of fertilizing intercourse? What was it? 7/10
What was the date you were expecting menstruation? end of July
How long do your cycles usually run? The whole cycle; 28 days, 30 days, more? less? does it vary? usually 28 give or take a day
Do you cycle regularly or irregularly? Regularly
What was the date when the herbs were started? 8/5/00

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

I drank large amounts of Thyme (four coffee pots full from one bottle, the kind you get at the supermarket, to be exact within about 6 hours) I started to spot within this time but it was very light Then next morning I walked to the health food store and purchased pennyroyal liquid I took about a teaspoon full over the next 7 hours and then the baby was gone.

On the walk home I started to spot heavily (only a five minute walk although it probably took me ten). I slept for a few hours after that and I then woke up and took some more pennyroyal I was still spotting very lightly a went for another walk when I got back I started to cramp a bit more and about fifteen minutes later I felt the need to bare down, I spent about five minutes on the toilet and when I got up there was a small glob of tissue I felt lightheaded and very upset not to mention I looked like hell right after this I started to cramp, the cramps were like to worst part of my period and progressively got worse, but it's over I wish that I could say I was glad about that. My period has stopped already, I bled heavily Sunday, Monday and the first part of today maybe it will pick up again, but I usually bleed for about 5 days.

Natalie was sure she was pregnant, but both pregnancy tests she took were negative, and because bleeding began in two days, I am inclined to beleive the pregnancy tests were correct.

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