We live in a Do-it-yourself world. Jump on YouTube and and within minutes you can learn anything from changing your car’s oil to cutting and styling your hair. And now, there are even videos discussing do-it-yourself herbal abortions.

If this is the first time you are hearing of this, here are some things to keep in mind. An Herbal abortion consists of either abortifacient herbs, which induces a miscarriage or an abortion, or, Emmenagogue herbs which may or may not stimulate your cycle.

There are different herbs and combinations you can use if you’re exploring these options; however, nearly every article, video or blog available comes with two important recommendations:

1. Research

2. Supervision

Since everyone’s body does not function the same way, some herbs may not react well with your body. That is why before you decide anything, it is best to draw research from reputable medical sources and seek out professional medical help. Yes, even in a do-it-yourself world. Chances of a successful herbal abortion can depend on a number of factors including how far along you are. The success rate of the herbal abortion decreases as your pregnancy progresses. Your health is essential, and it should be prioritized, valued, and treasured.

The other thing to keep in mind is to seek supervision from a professional medical provider before trying anything. Whether you are in good health or have underlying health conditions, herbal abortions are not advised, as most doctors believe they are underregulated, under researched and often unpredictable. Improper use of herbals may lead to dangerous toxicity levels in the bloodstream. It is not uncommon for an herbal abortion to be unsuccessful, meaning, the fetus doesn’t completely discharge. If this happens, infection will set in. You can put yourself at risk for sepsis, which is when bacteria gets into the bloodstream threatening other organs in your body and can be life threatening.

Your next best step?

Our suggestion would be to come in for a free pregnancy test and ultrasound. It is extremely important to confirm the pregnancy and exactly how far along you are. You will then be able to speak with a counselor about what you may be thinking, feeling and researching.

At Mid Cities Women’s Clinic, all of our services are FREE. We create a safe, unbiased environment for our patients to speak freely about their thoughts and feelings. We are here to serve you with the utmost compassion and care so that you can make the best decision for you and your future. Before you do anything, click here to request your appointment or reach us by phone at 817-577-4387.

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