Vitamin C and Miscarriage
Last updated on June 26th, 2016
Most people believe that vitamin C is perfectly safe for you and that nothing will happen to you if you take vitamin C on a regular basis. The truth is, however, that vitamin C has the potential to affect your fertility and, in some parts of the world, vitamin C is used not only to prevent a pregnancy but to induce a spontaneous abortion or miscarriage.
While vitamin C doesn’t have any scientific evidence as a remedy to induce a miscarriage, there are many women throughout the world who have used vitamin C in order to cause a spontaneous miscarriage. There is some evidence to suggest that it really does work so, if you are trying to get pregnant, you need to strongly consider not taking in any type of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) supplement that could result in a problem with the pregnancy, such as a miscarriage.
Herbal Remedies for Miscarriages
If you are trying to have a miscarriage, you need to know a few things about vitamin C and miscarriages. First of all, herbal remedies like the use of vitamin C should not be used as a method of birth control as it doesn’t work all the time and you may find yourself pregnant when you didn’t intend to be. Any type of herbal remedy for inducing a miscarriage should be done under a doctor’s supervision so that further methods of causing a miscarriage can be done if the vitamin C treatment doesn’t work.
Vitamin C is generally considered to be nontoxic even in high doses; however, there are people who have developed toxicity from taking excessive doses of vitamin C so you need to be aware of the signs of vitamin C toxicity and should take measures to avoid this type of toxicity.
If you are still set on using vitamin C to cause a miscarriage, there are some things you should take into consideration when trying to have a miscarriage using this remedy. If you are trying to avoid having a miscarriage, you still need to know about vitamin C and miscarriages.
Here are some things that make sense to know about regarding vitamin C and miscarriages:
Vitamin C does not always cause miscarriages
Taking vitamin C is not a foolproof way of achieving a miscarriage. Some women will have an incomplete miscarriage, which means that the pregnancy has ended but some fetal tissue is remaining inside the uterus. If this happens, you may have to have a dilatation and curettage (D and C) in order to remove the remaining parts of the fetus that have attached themselves to the inner uterine lining. If you’re using vitamin C (ascorbic acid) exclusively to achieve a miscarriage, you may still become pregnant and will have to use some other method of achieving a miscarriage.
The scientific evidence that vitamin C induces miscarriages is not there
As of the current time, no clinical studies have been done on the use of vitamin C or ascorbic acid to induce a miscarriage. The only evidence you’ll find is anecdotal evidence from herbalists or from people who have successfully used vitamin C to cause an intentional miscarriage. It doesn’t mean that drinking orange juice in the morning will cause you to have a miscarriage and it doesn’t mean that you should count on vitamin C to cause a miscarriage should you become pregnant. There is no credibility to the claims you’ll find on the internet to indicate that the taking of vitamin C results in a miscarriage.
There may be unexpected side effects to taking vitamin C
Vitamin C may be a natural substance but that doesn’t mean that you won’t have any side effects from taking vitamin C or that it is completely safe to take. Common side effects of vitamin C consumption in high doses has the potential to cause insomnia, hemorrhaging, tiredness, headache, rashes, kidney stones, gas, constipation, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, and hot flashes.
High dose Vitamin C Consumption may not be completely safe
There are certain circumstances in which you shouldn’t take vitamin C in excess in order to achieve an abortion or miscarriage. If you have any of the following medical problems, you should consider avoiding vitamin C as a method of having a miscarriage:
- Sickle cell anemia
- Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency disease
- Difficulty with vitamin C metabolism
- Taking medications for blood clots
- Kidney disease
- Kidney stones
- Sensitive kidneys
Taking vitamin C in high doses is something you should do at your own risk. The above medical conditions are serious and nothing to mess around with by taking a vitamin C supplement to induce a miscarriage.
Know what recipe to use and where it comes from
The concept of using vitamin C to cause a miscarriage came during the 1970s. An old recipe for inducing miscarriages using vitamin C can be found by reading A Women’s Book of Choices, written by Rebecca Chalker and Carol Downer. The basic claim is that vitamin C is best successful at causing a miscarriage up to the fourth week of pregnancy. This is the time when you expect to get your period. It means taking vitamin C in high doses from the time you ovulate until you miss your period and then continuing to take it for up to two weeks later. If you don’t start taking vitamin C until you have a positive pregnancy test at 4 weeks’ gestation, your chances of it causing a miscarriage go way down.
Vitamin C can be combined with parsley for better effectiveness
There are some recipes for using vitamin C to induce a miscarriage that involve taking parsley along with the vitamin C. Some recipes involve taking vitamin C along with a parsley-containing tea, while others say you should put a sprig of parsley into the vagina like you would a tampon or other vaginal insert. The parsley needs to be placed high in the vagina and should be touching the cervix before it can do its job. Parsley is said to soften up the cervix so that it dilates better and allows for easier passage of the fetal tissue.
Using vitamin C to cause a miscarriage, even when it is used properly only results in about a 30-40 percent chance of working. If you are really trying to have a miscarriage, there are much better ways to go about it that have a greater chance of causing a miscarriage when compared to using vitamin C or vitamin C plus parsley.