No matter where in the world you live, abortion is still a taboo subject. But for some women, it is a necessary choice, and not a decision that is made lightly. Because of the shame and guilt that often surrounds this procedure, many women look for safe at-home alternatives to abort their pregnancies privately. Many women claim that a vitamin C abortion is both effective and safe.
First, it’s important to remember that herbal remedies and at-home abortions should never be considered unless you have exhausted every single other option you have. Always seek the help of a medical professional who may guide you through this process or recommend an alternative option. Check with local clinics in your area, which often offer care at reduced costs or for free.
If you are still considering a vitamin C abortion, here are five things you need to know:
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1. Vitamin C Abortions Are Not Always Effective
Please keep in mind that while this method is effective for some women, vitamin C does not induce an abortion for every woman. For some women, the protocol leads to an incomplete abortion, which means that fetal tissue still remains in the uterus. To make matters worse, if the protocol does not work for you, you may be harming the baby or yourself in the process.
If you do choose to go this route instead of seeking safe medical help, don’t set your expectations too high. You may still be pregnant, and you may have limited your options by wasting time.
2. There is NO Evidence to Support Vitamin C as an Abortifacient
To date, there is absolutely no clinical evidence that vitamin C or ascorbic acid can actually act as an abortifacient. Of course, a quick search on Google will tell you otherwise. There are hundreds of thousands of results – all claiming that vitamin C really does induce an abortion. However, most of these claims are made by people with no credibility.
Remember, your health and the health of the baby are at stake. It makes logical sense to opt for a method that is proven to be effective and is safer. Medical and aspiration abortions fall into this category.
3. You May Experience Unwanted Side Effects
Just because a method is natural, that does not mean it is safe or comes with no side effects. Because vitamin C abortions require high dosages of the vitamin, you may experience uncomfortable side effects, such as: hot flashes, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, constipation, gas, kidney stones, rashes, headache, fatigue, hemorrhage and trouble sleeping.
4. High Doses of Vitamin C is Not Safe for Everyone
High doses of vitamin C can be deadly. In no way should you ever attempt this protocol if you have the following:
- Sensitive kidneys
- Kidney stones
- Kidney disease
- Are on anti-coagulant medications
- Trouble metabolizing vitamin C
- Sickle-cell anemia
- A deficiency in glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase
- Hemochromatosis or hemosiderosis
Please know that when you attempt the vitamin C protocol for an abortion, you do so at your own risk. If you have any of the conditions above, seek out another abortion method.
5. Know the Recipe and its Origination
The idea of using vitamin C to induce abortion originated in the 70’s in the feminist community. One of the oldest “recipes” for this protocol can be found in the book A Woman’s Book of Choices by Carol Downer and Rebecca Chalker.
Many women claim that the recipe has a decent chance of success up to the 4th week of pregnancy. After this point, the effectiveness of this remedy is significantly reduced.
Some women suggest combining the vitamin C protocol with parsley. The parsley can be drunk as a tea, and/or inserting into the vagina much like a tampon. According to the claims, the parsley must be touching the cervix for this to work. Reportedly, the parsley works to “shake” the pregnancy loose by opening up and softening the cervix.
While there are claims that vitamin C has been used to abort pregnancies for decades, there is still no clinical evidence that this protocol actually works. Even those who support the method admit that it only has a success rate of 30% to 40%. If you are considering an abortion, please consider safe, proven ways, such as medication or aspiration.