A Personal Story

Submitted: June 7, 2000

Your name: Laura
Age: 17
Pregnancy Test: Not taken
Success: Yes

What was the date of the first day of your last menstrual period? May 3
Do you know the date of fertilizing intercourse? What was it? Not sure.
What was the date you were expecting menstruation? May 31
When were the herbs started? June 6

Please include a summary of dosage information. (Feel free to go into more detail below in the comments section)
Vitamin C - 120 to 300mg per hour, 12 hours a day.
Dong Quai 'essence' 15 drops in warm water.
Parsley Tea.

How was the pregnancy ended? I'm not certain it was a pregnancy.

Were you successful in using the herbs? Yes.

Did you have a pregnancy test? What was the result? and when was it taken? No.

Were you using birth control? Yes.
What kind/method of birth control/contraception were you using? Condoms.
Do you know how/why it failed? It didn't break, but it may have slipped during intercourse.

Comments -

I have always been terrified by the idea of pregnancy. One day I might like to have a baby, but at 17 I've got so many plans for the future, it would just ruin my life. So when my period, which is usually very regular, didn't come last week, I was very scared. I tried to ignore my fear but I just ended up feeling even worse.

I had only previously heard of using Pennyroyal to induce miscarriage (from the Nirvana song, 'Pennyroyal Tea') and I had always thought it was an old wives tale. But by Monday the 5th I was 5 days late so I did an Internet search anyway, and lo and behold, found your site, which helped to ease my mind a lot. The next day I drank two cups of Parsley tea, and then went out and bought Vitamin C and Dong Quai. While I was out buying these I felt physically terrible. I had a pounding headache which may have been caused by the parsley tea and generally felt weak and dizzy. But mentally I felt better than I had in days, hopeful that the herbs would work and more in control to be actually doing something that might help. I took 300mg of Vitamin C every hour for the rest of the day, and in the evening tried 15 drops of Dong Quai in warm water. Then today, I woke up with bad cramps and realized I had started bleeding, 7 days late. My gums also bled easily, presumably as a result of all the Vitamin C. I don't know whether the herbs helped to bring it on, or whether they actually caused a miscarriage or whether it was just late, but your site certainly made me feel a lot better about the whole thing, and now I know what to do if this happens again. Thank you.

Is there anything you would have done differently? No, except for finding the site sooner!

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