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momomo
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ive heard tell of an "herbal abortion" or some type of pill u can take to induce miscarriage... anyone want to inform me of these things? I'm not pregnant or anything.. im just looking at options because i have been sexually active for a few months now and am always a bit worried about the "what if.." yeah and my friend induced a miscarriage by drinking a lot of alchohol.. and now shes infertile and emotionally distraught... would either of these options create infertility or other bodily harm? just wondering... thanx!

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Aria51
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Herbal abortion can be extremely dangerous.

Really.

Herbal abortions occur when someone takes something that is toxic enough to their system to terminate a pregnancy. The thing is, whatever the person uses can also be toxic enough to cause severe illness and death. Most of us here at ST do not suggest nor do we endorse herbal abortions.

Inducing miscarriage with alcohol is also extremely dangerous and can lead to alcohol poisoning, severe liver damage, stomach damage, and can also lead to death. Infertility, however, is generally not viewed as a side-effect of massive alcohol consumption. Has your friend been analyzed by a physician and diagnosed with infertility?

The options that are safe and open to you if you are sexually active include birth control (such as The Pill, Lunelle, Ortho-Evra, etc, and barrier methods such as condoms), medical abortion, and the morning after pill if taken 72 hours after unprotected intercourse or intercourse with condom failure.

There are many articles on the Scarleteen site about birth control that can be found if you use the search function; there is also a section of these message boards devoted to birth control.


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logic_grrl
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quote:
ive heard tell of an "herbal abortion"

Check out these threads to find out exactly why trying this is a bad, bad idea:

http://www.scarleteen.com/forum/Forum6/HTML/004152.html
http://www.scarleteen.com/forum/Forum6/HTML/004301.html
http://www.scarleteen.com/forum/Forum6/HTML/005731.html

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or some type of pill u can take to induce miscarriage...

You may be thinking of the "abortion pill", RU-486, here. Check out this thread for more info:

http://www.scarleteen.com/forum/Forum8/HTML/000079.html

But it's still something that needs to be prescribed and supervised by a doctor. And I'm not sure whether it's currently available in the US or not (US advos, help me out here? )

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im just looking at options because i have been sexually active for a few months now and am always a bit worried about the "what if.."

In that case, your best option is to do your utmost to avoid the problem in the first place by combining two methods of contraception (e.g. condoms and the pill).

And in the unlikely event of both forms of contraception failing and you becoming pregnant - if you choose to have an abortion, then have a safe, legal, medical one.

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yeah and my friend induced a miscarriage by drinking a lot of alchohol..

Another very bad idea, I'm afraid. As with other alleged methods for inducing a miscarriage, if it works at all it does so by poisoning your body so massively that it can't support a fetus. Not surprisingly, this can indeed cause you serious bodily harm.

And in fact, as far as I know drinking a lot of alcohol is more likely to result not in a miscarriage but a baby born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (which causes lifelong disablities).

[eeep! mindmeld! ]

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Milke
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You can indeed induce abortion by ingesting certain plants. You can also bring seriously damage your embryo, and *not* abort, and cause yourself serious damage, or even kill yourself. If you are pregnant and want to end that pregnancy you need to see a doctor, and as soon as possible. Medical abortions are safe and legal, attempts to abort using plants are dangerous, and would need to be followed up with medical attention anyway to make sure they'd been successful. Never attempt to cause an abortion yourself

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Yes, RU-486 is available in the US.

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