Wednesday, June 17, 2009

My experience with natural herbal abortion

Before writing this I thought long and hard about whether I should before reading any more please the paragraph below carefully.

This blog post is merely a description of my own experience. I am not advocating or endorsing this method in any way. Before taking any herbs do you own research. is a great place to start. I am NOT a herbalist and therefore am not qualified to advise anyone on this. Look at the side effect profile of each herb. I have listed some on this site but this site is by no means exhaustive. Herbs do not work in all cases. According to the Sister Zeus website the success rate is around 45-55% and it decreases as the pregnancy becomes further advanced. If you take these herbs and they don’t work and you decide to continue with the pregnancy you are risking damaging your baby. Think long and hard about what you would do if the herbs failed. Would you have a clinical abortion? Are you prepared to bring up a disabled child? And finally just to stress this point DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH!

Please read the WHOLE of this blog, including the warning about the risks below.








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Some background

I was using contraceptives at the time I think I fell pregnant. The condom came off my boyfriend as he withdrew. I thought that all the sperm had remained in the condom but my next period did not arrive. I am normally as regular as clockwork and I was very tired with sore breasts and fatigue far worse than my normal PMS symptoms.

What I used

Vitamin C

High doses of vitamin C have been used by women for decades as a way to prevent pregnancy and terminate one early. It works by blocking the production of progesterone which is important in implantation of a fertilised embryo and in preparing the lining of the womb to support a foetus. It can be used as an emergency contraceptive.

It is important that you use pure ascorbic acid which is generally very cheap vitamin C. A lot of products also contain bioflavonoids which aid the uptake of vitamin C but also prevent miscarriage. Check the label and make sure the only ingredient is ascorbic acid.

Vitamin C side effects

Side effects may include abdominal cramps [hot flashes, flushing of the face, rashes, headache, fatigue, insomnia, constipation, gas, diarrhea, loose stool, abdominal discomfort, acid stomach, kidney irritation, and formation of kidney stones in some individuals.

Do not take high doses of vitamin C if:

You have sensitive kidneys, kidney disease, kidney stones, or kidney problems of any kind,

You take anti-coagulants [like aspirin or other pharmaceutical drugs], have sickle-cell anemia, or who difficulty metabolizing Vitamin C.

You have glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency,

If you have an iron overload disorders like( hemosiderosis or hemochromatosis)

If you follow a vegetarian or vegan diet be aware that high doeses of vitamin C lead to reduced levels of vitamin B12

This list is not exhaustive. Do you own research before doing this

Dong Quai

Dong quai cause strong muscular rhythmic contractions of the womb which encourages it to expel its contents. It works well with vitamin C.

Dong quai side effects

Haemorrhage, nausea, dizziness, strong unterine or abdominal cramping

Don’t use dong quai if:

You bleed heavily during a normal menstrual period

Your blood does not clot easily

You take blood thinning agents like aspirin or other pharmaceutics - clotting may be impaired and haemorrhage may result.

You are experiencing abdominal congestion and bloating

You have endometriosis or fibroids

Again, this list is not exhaustive. Do you own research before doing this


Various dosages are recommended on the internet. As this is meant to be a description of my experience rather than a how to guide I will post the dosages that I used 600mg of vitamin C an hour waking 3 times in the night and taking 1000mg a time. 1060 mg (in capsules) or dong quai every 4 hours through thte night after a day and a half.

The experience

I began taking the vitamin C when my period was 4 days late. The earlier you start the more likely it is to work and the less risk you have of complications. I used 200mg capsules and took 3 of these an hour, waking in the night. I experienced diarrhoea, stomach pains and insomnia but no other side effects. My skin looked really good too! After a day and a half of this I added 2 530mg capsules of dong quai every 4 hours. I woke up in the night to take this.

The morning after I started taking the dong quai I noticed a faint pinkish discharge and I began spotting thoughout the day. I carried on with the dosage and the next day my period was here properly. It was heavier and more clotty than normal. At this point I stopped taking anything. This is important as once you have started bleeding properly nature will take its course and continuing to take high quantities of herbs can cause very heavy bleeding.

My period lasted a couple of days longer than usual and was slightly heavier than normal. I had a bit more cramping but nothing major – a pain killer sorted this out.

You can read about other women's experiences, including those who the herbs didn't work for here

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The above is intended to be an account of my experience. I do not in any way recommend or advocate this method. I am not a doctor or a herbalist. I feel that all women should have a choice about what happens to their bodies and that all women should have information on all possible avenues. Please do your own research and I would recomment that you consult a trained herbalist. I would also make sure that you monitor your body for a few weeks aferwards and go straight to a hospital if there is any sign of infection. If this does not work and you continue the pregnancy you are risking damage to the foetus.