A Personal Story

Submitted: Dec. 15, 2000

Name: Mindy

Height: 5' 6"
Age: 21
Pregnancy Test: Positive
Resolution: Medical abortion

Did you have a pregnancy test? yes 3 of them; 2 HPT, 1 at the abortion clinic
When was it taken? One November 26, One December 3, One December 5
What was the result. negative on November 26, Positive December 3, 5

Did you experience any symptoms or signs of pregnancy? I was definitely pregnant; sick every day all day

Were you using birth control? No
If you were not using birth control, please share why not.
I was on Ortho Tri-Cyclen but it made me really moody so I quit taking it and..well...I think I would have rather been a little moody than sick every day all day.

What was the date of the first day of your last menstrual period? Oct 21
Do you know the date of fertilizing intercourse? What was it? Yes- Nov 4
What was the date you were expecting menstruation? November 24
How long do your cycles usually run? 26 days
Do you cycle regularly or irregularly? regularly

What was the date when the herbs were started?Dec 6
for how many days were the herbs used (total)? 6

What was the date the pregnancy was terminated? I am going through a medical abortion using methotrexate and misopristol..i should abort on December 20

Please include a summary of dosage information. And any side effects noted.
Vitamin C: 1500 mg capsules every hour for 6 days; used so much because I smoke and knew Vitamin C doesn't absorb as well for smokers
Side Effects: some diarrhea for the first 2 days..nothing bad; very gassy

Dong Quai: 1000 mg capsules every 3 hours for 6 days
Side Effects: cramping (thought I was going to start bleeding MANY times but never did.., bad taste in mouth (kind of like BBQ)

Black Cohosh: 565 mg capsules 3 times a day for 3 days. After the 3rd day I started to lose hope and increased the dose to 1130 mg (2 capsules) 3 times a day
Side Effects: none noticed

Comments -
My last normal period was Oct 21. My long time boyfriend and I have never used protection (REALLY STUPID). We just figured that we would deal with things when they were thrown our way. We are both Seniors at a large university and both come from very strict families.

I am very regular when it comes to my periods and I was expecting to start on November 24. I took a HPT on November 26 and it came out negative. I was not convinced and I took another one about a week later. It was positive. I was absolutely hysterical. I work with babies and I could not even go to work and be around then because I would have breakdowns. I knew there was no way I could possibly keep this child with 1 semester of college and grad school in my future.

My boyfriend and I called around to many different abortion clinics and finally made an appointment at the only one that had any openings. Let me just say that this was the scariest experience of my life. I am not afraid of doctors in the slightest because my Dad is a pediatrian and my Mom is an OB/GYN (ironic huh?). When I walked into the clinic it was in this old run-down house..but the inside was okay. I asked if my boyfriend could come back with me and they said "NO..this is surgery and it wouldn't be fair to the other girls" When I asked "What other girls?" they told me that we were all going to be in the same room. That seemed way weird to me. I told my boyfriend that I wanted to leave. But he convinced me to stay.

I went back for my ultrasound and it was found that they saw nothing on the ultrasound and I was told there was nothing they could do for me until they saw a sack..which would be in about 2 weeks. They rescheduled me and sent me home. This is when I found your website and started the herbal method.

I had very high hopes that this was going to work for me.
Unfortunately it did not. I followed all of the instructions including waking myself every 2 hours for 6 days with no luck. I guess I might have just been too far along. For the people that this does work for..congratulations. I wish that it would have worked for me and saved me about $400. I am now in the middle of undergoing a medical abortion which is simply a shot that is given and then 5 days later pills are inserted and miscarriage happens. I decided to take this route because I would rather die than go back to that horrible abortion clinic. I'll just let nature take its course in the privacy of my apartment.

Thank you Sister Zeus for your continued research and good luck to everyone who tries this.

Is there anything you would have done differently? Not had sex unprotected..in fact I don't think I'll ever have sex again.

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