A Personal Story

Submitted May 25, 2000

Name: Kristen

Weight: 125lbs
Age: 19
Pregnancy test: Not taken
Used Vit C as Emergency Contraception
Success: Yes

What was the date of the first day of your last menstrual period? April 13, 2000
Do you know the date of fertilizing intercourse? April 26, 2000 (unsafe sex, possible fertilization)
What was the date you were expecting menstruation? May 10, 2000
When were the herbs started? April 30, 2000

Please include a summary of dosage information. (Feel free to go into more detail below in the comments section)
Vitamin C- 6g per day, divided into 12 doses for 6 days, mostly during the day, because I had difficulty waking at night. This was a high stress situation because it occurred during my college finals, and I felt sleep was just as important.
Ginger Root- in hot water, 4 cups a day for 6 days
Dong Quai Root- 1 capsule (sorry, I can't remember the mg) twice a day, started about 5 days after the Vit. C and the Ginger.
Evening Primrose- 1 capsule twice daily, started at same time as don quai root, to aid the bleeding.

How was the pregnancy ended?
I began bleeding (very heavily, a lot of clotting) in the late hours of May 5, 2000. Bleeding continued for 3 days.

Were you successful in using the herbs?
My pregnancy was never confirmed, because I started so early after possible conception. But I consider it successful, because pregnancy did not result, and I had unprotected sex during what was probably the most fertile time of my cycle.

Did you have a pregnancy test? What was the result? and when was it taken?
I did not, as bleeding began before it would have been accurate

Were you using birth control? If you were not using birth control, please share why not.
I was not. Directly after the abortion, I began oral contraceptives.

Comments -
This was, without a doubt, the most difficult thing I have ever done. The pregnancy was never confirmed, but I had a feeling...I can't explain it, but I knew that I was pregnant. I simply could not have kept the baby-- my relationship with the father is not strong enough, I am not financially stable enough, and I have many plans for myself that I wish to complete before having a child. But that doesn't change the fact that I feel a deep loss, especially in the weeks after the abortion.

Is there anything you would have done differently?
I don't think so. This was the "lesser of the evils" as far as my options went.
------ As a side note, I want to say that I can't thank you enough for your site. I don't know what I would have done without it. I knew that herbal abortion was possible, but I did not know details. More importantly, your site convinced me to start keeping a calendar, and I was very embarrassed when I realized how little I knew about my own fertility. I learned so much from your site, and it helped to keep me in the right frame of mind during the process and after. So thank you. I've joined the yahoo club, and I'll continue to visit your site, as well as recommend it to anyone who needs the information.

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