A Personal Story

Submitted: Dec 9, 2000

Name: Tara
Weight: 130 lbs
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Pregnancy Test: Positive
Resolution: Clinical Abortion

Were you using birth control? withdrawal
If you were not using birth control, please share why not. I don't know why my boyfriend and me were so stupid, we are not kids!!! withdrawal was safe for many months but seems like not at this time.

What was the date of the first day of your last menstrual period? Oct 16
Do you know the date of fertilizing intercourse? yes. Oct 28
What was the date you were expecting menstruation? Nov 12
How long do your cycles usually run? The whole cycle; 28 days, 30 days, more? less? does it vary? 28 days
Do you cycle regularly or irregularly? regular

What was the date when the herbs were started? Nov 15
For how many days were the herbs used (total)?15 days

What was the date the pregnancy was terminated? Dec 1

Please include a summary of dosage information. And any side effects noted.
Vit c - 12 g , but at the beginning I read another home page, I did mistakes for example take with tansy!! mistake! first 2 days didn't take every hour. I took a whole bunch of pills all at once. some gas
dong quai, 2 pills every 3 hours, I wasn't that punctual at night. no side effects
black & blue cohosh & pennyroyal - drops in hot water, every 4 hours. not very punctual at night, but at least once. cramps, "pink"spotting 3 times, but nothing different. I felt dizzy and a little headache. at the end after I rest 3 days of Vit c , I started with 20 drops of tansy in hot water every 2 hours. no side effects.

Is there anything you would have done differently? YES
1 no sex without protection! never again!
2 start earlier!!. but I didn't have symptoms of pregnancy. I wish I knew all this information before.

Comments -
when I learned I was pregnant I was on panic! I just move to live in America 6 months ago! I'm lucky I went through all of this with a great boyfriend, even he wasn't really sure about the decision. I'm sure that it was the right thing to do, I just started studying my PH D, I got an assistantship, I hardly can afford my self here. He has a good job, but he has a lot of things going on too. This is not the right time, sometimes I feel guilty for him, he is looking forward to being a father, but also he is consistent about the fact that we are no ready for that responsibility. In addition I can't imagine how frustrate I'd be, and how angry , having to abandon my studies because an undesire pregnancy. I can't imagine what can of mother I'd be. I wish I knew all this information before, to start earlier. in high school or college they should teach all of this! I'm sure that If I'd started earlier, herbs would work. when i WAS TAKING black and blue cohosh & pennyroyal, felt strong cramps and a little of spotting, but I think it was too late for me. Also I tried to learn how to ice skating, I eat really bad and walk a lot but none of that worked either.

Abortion clinic wasn't that bad, it was expensive, cold and mean, but I'm out of all of that! I feel relieved and with my life on track again.

After abortion feeling is awful, I was depressed, moody and with such a contradictory feelings against the world. Now I'm taking drops of oats & st john's worth 3-4 times a day, and I'm feeling so much better! also at night I'm taking valerian, because the first 3 nights after the abortion I couldn't sleep.

Sister Zeus Thank you!!! You are helping a lot of people during a really hard times! even herbs didn't work for me, I feel better knowing that a lot of women have been through all of this and also knowing that another alternatives can work.
Thank you!!!

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