Donate Now
  
my profile | directory login | search | faq | forum home

  next oldest topic   next newest topic
» Scarleteen Boards: 2000 - 2014 (Archive) » EXPERT ADVICE » Ask Scarleteen » vitamin c

 - UBBFriend: Email this page to someone!    
Author Topic: vitamin c
snarky
Neophyte
Member # 31948

Icon 1 posted      Profile for snarky     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
i heard that high dosages of vitamin c (6000mg for 5 consecutive days) can cause women to menstruate if their period is late. is this true? is it... safe?
Posts: 39 | From: los angeles | Registered: Dec 2006  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Heather
Executive Director & Founder
Member # 3

Icon 1 posted      Profile for Heather     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Those levels of Vitamin C really aren't safe, and ultimately, may not even achieve that end depending on WHY a period is late.

In other words, it may or may not terminate a pregnancy, but usually will not. And if a period was late for other reasons, it likely would have no real effect.

But if you're worried you're pregnant, and don't want to remain pregnant, the biggest issue is that futzing around with Vitamin C could not only make you sick, it could waste time, since the window of obtaining a safe, legal abortion is relatively small.

--------------------
Heather Corinna, Executive Director & Founder, Scarleteen
About Me Get our book!
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

Posts: 68290 | From: An island near Seattle | Registered: May 2000  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
snarky
Neophyte
Member # 31948

Icon 1 posted      Profile for snarky     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
oh no, i didn't want to terminate a pregnancy.
i haven't had any pregnancy risks this month (all sex i had was protected without problems), but the lateness of my period is starting to make me paranoid. i didn't know vitamin c could damage fetuses. i'm going to buy a pregnancy test if my period doesn't show up any time soon.

gahh, but i've been having nightmares about it. i didn't tell my boyfriend i was worried until yesterday because i didn't want to freak him out unnecessarily. wish me luck [Frown]

Posts: 39 | From: los angeles | Registered: Dec 2006  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Heather
Executive Director & Founder
Member # 3

Icon 1 posted      Profile for Heather     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
It's not about fetal damage so much as it is about making YOU ill.

But if all the sex you had was protected, without fail, there's really no reason to have a strong concern about pregnancy.

--------------------
Heather Corinna, Executive Director & Founder, Scarleteen
About Me Get our book!
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

Posts: 68290 | From: An island near Seattle | Registered: May 2000  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
snarky
Neophyte
Member # 31948

Icon 1 posted      Profile for snarky     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
oh god i feel dumb then. thanks for being patient, heather.

out of curiosity, what can high dosages of vitamin c do to a person? i know i've taken a lot in the past when i had the flu.

yeah, i've calmed down a bit. i think it's the fact that i go to a catholic school and they're constantly telling us things to make us feel guilty about having sex before marriage. but i'm responsible, i really shouldn't worry. blah.

Posts: 39 | From: los angeles | Registered: Dec 2006  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
   

   Close Topic   Feature Topic   Move Topic   Delete Topic next oldest topic   next newest topic
 - Printer-friendly view of this topic
Hop To:


Contact Us | Get the Whole Story! Go Home to SCARLETEEN: Sex Ed for the Real World | Privacy Statement

Copyright 1998, 2014 Heather Corinna/Scarleteen
Scarleteen.com: Providing comprehensive sex education online to teens and young adults worldwide since 1998

Information on this site is provided for educational purposes. It is not meant to and cannot substitute for advice or care provided by an in-person medical professional. The information contained herein is not meant to be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, or for prescribing any medication. You should always consult your own healthcare provider if you have a health problem or medical condition.

Powered by UBB.classic™ 6.7.3

Google
Search Scarleteen