A Personal Story

Submitted: Jan 24, 2003

Shared By: Anita

Age: 35
Weight: 165
Height: 5'5"
Do you smoke tobacco? No
Did you have a pregnancy test? No

If no pregnancy test was taken - do you think you were pregnant? How strongly do you feel this way? Yes, I do think I was pregnant. I had severe nausea from around January 15 - January 20, 2003. I never have any nausea at all unless I'm pregnant. I have two other children and remember exactly how I felt when I first found out I was pregnant with them.

How was the pregnancy ended? I used Vitamin C and then Dong Quai.

Were you successful in using the herbs? Yes
Would you try herbs again, or recommend them to a friend in the same situation? Yes I would recommend them, but hopefully I'll know my body a little better next time.

Is there anything that clued you in that the herbs might be working before bleeding started? I stopped having the nausea after taking the Dong Quai. Vitamin C helped but I definitely noticed a difference with Dong Quai.

Is this your first pregnancy? No

What was the date of the first day of your last menstrual period? Dec. 25, 2002
Do you know the date of fertilizing intercourse? What was it? Yes, Jan. 2, 2003
What was the date you were expecting menstruation? Jan. 21, 2003
How long do your cycles usually run? 28 Days
Do you cycle regularly or irregularly? Regularly

What was the date when the herbs were started? Started taking Vitamin C on Jan. 16 through Jan. 18. Nothing happened so I stopped Vitamin C and started taking 2 capsules (400 mg ea.) of Dong Quai on Jan. 18 through now. Resumed Vitamin C this morning at 10:40 a.m. and took 500 mg every hour for about 10 hours today and still took Dong Quai about every 4 hours (2 caps - 800 mg total). Started period this afternoon. Am continuing the Vitamin C and Dong Quai until my flow is heavy.

How many weeks pregnant were you when the herbs were started? Around 1-2 weeks along.

For how many days were the herbs used (total)? So far, 7 days. Didn't take them during the night. At first Vitamin C was not taken very faithfully. This last week I was taking the Dong Quai faithfully every four hours but didn't let it bother me too much if I didn't' wake up to take it. I could feel my uterus contracting so I knew it was doing something.

What was the date bleeding started if herbs were successful? Jan. 24, 2003

Were you using birth control? No
What kind/method of birth control/contraception were you using? Sad to say that I had an affair and my husband has had a vasectomy. I was a very stupid person. I will not do that again. I learned a great lesson.

If you were not using birth control, please share why not. Heat of the moment....not getting the attention I needed at home. My heart was elsewhere at the moment. Doing much better now.

Did you experience any symptoms or signs of pregnancy? Yes, nausea
When did they start? Around the time I should have been ovulating and up until about a week before I was to start my period. Very bloated.

Please include a summary of dosage information.

Name of the herb: Vitamin C. & Dong Quai
Form or method taken or used: Capsules (Vitamin C - 500 mg. each) & (Dong Quai - 400 mg. ea.) Amount taken: VC - 1 cap every hour for at least 7 times a day every hour, DQ - took 2 capsules (400 mg. ea.) every 4 hours; didn't worry about it during sleep at night.

Frequency: Duration Vitamin C taken from Jan. 15 - Jan. 18th, then stopped taking and stated Dong Quai on Jan. 18 through now. Then started Vitamin C again today (Jan. 24, 2003) due to no bleeding yet. Successfully started period today! Yeah!

side effects: Did feel cramping but it was tolerable. Knew it was working. Last night started having some loose bowel movements, but I also get that sometimes when I'm starting my period. Had some uneasy feelings today but it was probably just my nerves. Really had no complications whatsoever. Thanks for your information you provide to us women. I never knew there were these options!
other comments: Thanks again!

Side effects. None known
How did the herbs affect you? I did fine with them.
Any positive effects? Relief!
Where there any negative effects? No
Do you have any health problems or issues? No known issues

How did the herbs make you feel physically? Actually I felt pretty good.
How did being pregnant make you feel physically? I was just so bloated...more so than usual.

If the herbs caused miscarriage -- how did you feel just before bleeding began? I was starting to feel discouraged. Like I was losing a battle. Had pains of stomach cramps like I was going to be sick but then I went to the bathroom and started my period.

And when bleeding started - How was the bleeding, cramping, etc? Felt like a normal period. Before that I felt like I had a knot in my vagina then it was gone. What a relief! Didn't hurt.

Is there anything you would have done differently? I would not have gotten pregnant. I don't recommend an unwanted pregnancy. Don't let the heat of the moment drag you down.

There are many lessons that can be learned from an experience such as this, Do you feel you have learned something from this experience? If so what? Same as above.

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