Last Updated on June 16, 2020
What is a vitamin C abortion? Regardless of the country, you are located in, abortion remains a controversial subject. Yet, for many women, it’s essential and not a choice made without considerable reflection.
Still, due to the stigma attached to the procedure and in many countries the legality, many girls and women search out safe at-home alternatives.
One such option thought by many to be just that is the Vitamin C abortion, which has been largely discussed on forums and other places online. But, what’s the truth behind this mysterious method?
Before we begin, it’s important to make it very clear that if you are considering an abortion or any related at-home procedure, then it’s essential that you always seek professional medical advice. This is the safest option. With that said this article has been written with the intention to explore this taboo subject and in no way condones or supports this practice in any way.
Are Vitamin C Abortions Effective?
The evidence to support the use of Vitamin C to induce an abortion is not very reliable; currently, there exist no studies to demonstrate its effectiveness. In fact, most reports of its effectiveness are purely anecdotal in nature, often recommended by women who make the claim that it’s worked for them, or even less reliably – someone they know.
Since there are no reliable sources for the use of vitamin C it can only be concluded that other avenues are best to explore. As we have mentioned seeking professional medical advice is the best option.
Not only are the methods employed by medical practitioners proven to work, they are also safer. Unfortunately, there also many anecdotes that make the claim that vitamin C can lead to an incomplete abortion or harm the baby, in which case it would necessitate medical attention anyway.
Are Vitamin C Abortions Safe?
While certainly safer than many other chemicals, such as the herb Pennyroyal that can result in death, as previously mentioned, there is currently zero reliable evidence that vitamin C also referred to by ascorbic acid can, in fact, act as an abortifacient.
The only reassurances you will find are various claims made on forums and unreliable websites; as such it’s not a wise idea to take such a risk.
The appeal of Vitamin C appears to arise from a single Russian Study carried out in the 1970s. It found that ascorbic acid induces the release of estrogen, thought to induce a miscarriage. This study is largely thought of as the first real study on Vitamin C as an abortifacient.
While this appears to be a promising study it didn’t study the long-term impact as well as a whole host of other important factors, and since then many awful stories have been reported. For example, women who have had to be rushed to the hospital due to partial abortions that required emergency medical care.
Not only is there a good chance the vitamin C method won’t work at all, but it may have a number of unwanted side-effects. In fact, it is well established that high doses of Vitamin C (that are frequently condoned by advocates of this practice) can lead to a range of different physical side effects. This commonly includes diarrhea, abdominal cramps, constipation, gas, kidney stones, rashes, headache, and fatigue.
Not only can high doses of Vitamin C lead to these unwanted side effects, but it’s also advised to be completely avoided by individuals with certain health conditions. Some of these include the following:
- Kidney stones
- Kidney disease
- Those currently taking anti-coagulant medications
- Those with impaired vitamin C metabolizes
- Sickle-cell anemia
- A deficiency in glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase
- Hemochromatosis or hemosiderosis
What’s the Alternative to a Vitamin C Abortion?
The safest and therefore best option is always to seek advice from a professional, who will in some cases be able to offer a medical abortion in a safe and hygienic environment.
These are typically offered to women who are under 9 weeks pregnant and involve the administration of a medication that results in miscarriage.
Safety during pregnancy is of the highest importance and should always take priority. Additionally, keeping fit should remain an importance to ensuring that your body is always maintained in a healthy condition, many women decide to take up swimming when pregnant to get some exercise in but precautions should be taken.