According to a WHO report, more than 40% of all pregnancies are unplanned, and 50% of these end in induced abortions (1).
Pregnancy is beautiful when planned, but it could be a burden when it is unwanted. If you get pregnant when you didn’t want it, then you might consider an abortion. In such a case, you may try some home remedies before opting a medical or surgical option.
In this post, MomJunction tells you about the most effective home remedies for abortion. You may try them if you want to terminate your pregnancy. But before that, we’ll tell you about the precautions you need to take.
Precautions To Take Before An Abortion
Home remedies are a way to abort an unwanted pregnancy. But remember that they may not be 100% safe, and you need to consider certain points before trying them.
- Be sure about your decision to terminate the pregnancy because once you try the remedies, you may not be able to reverse the termination.
- Do not use home remedies if you are beyond ten weeks of pregnancy. At this stage, they may cause complications.
- Seek medical advice before using any remedy. Do not proceed without talking to a doctor.
- Use home remedies only if your overall health is fine.
- If the home remedies fail to abort your pregnancy, seek immediate medical advice.
Once you are clear about your decision and have made sure that home remedies will be helpful, you may try them.
Home Remedies To Abort Pregnancy Naturally
Here are some cost-effective home remedies that could work if you use them before you reach the 10th week of pregnancy.
Unripe or green papaya contains the enzyme papain that has abortifacient properties. It inhibits the production of progesterone hormone, without which pregnancy cannot progress. Unripe papaya is also high in latex that stimulates the release of oxytocin and prostaglandins, which trigger uterine contractions causing an abortion (2) (3).
Have raw papaya regularly until you see the desired result.
Green or young pineapple has high levels of proteolytic enzyme called bromelain that breaks down proteins. It also softens the cervix, causes bleeding and eventually leads to abortion.
You can have either a freshly sliced pineapple or a glass of juice every day.
3. Acacia pods and shoots of banana:
A blend of acacia pods and banana shoots is known to be effective for abortion. Though there is no scientific backing, they are believed to reduce secretions of pregnancy hormones and cause miscarriage.
Take equal amounts of dried acacia pods and banana leave shoots, and make a powder. Mix it in a glass of sugar and water, and take it every day until you start bleeding.
Available in black and blue varieties, they cause uterine contractions when used together. They contain oxytocin and caulosaponin components which trigger the abortion process. Black cohosh softens the cervix and causes uterine contractions (4) whereas blue cohosh induces abortion (5).
It is available in the form of supplements that may be taken until you see the results.
This perennial shrub is primarily known for treating reproductive issues. Its bitter leaves contain chemicals such as tannin and absinthin, which stimulate uterine contractions (6).
Take as a tea by infusing fresh leaves or powder in a cup of hot water. Drink the tea regularly until you have bleeding.
6. Cotton root bark:
It acts as an abortifacient and helps stimulate labor (7). However, its effectiveness and safety are not clear.
Consume it as a tea. Boil 100g of cotton root in one liter of water until the mixture reduces to half.
7. Dong quai:
The perennial medicinal plant is known for its muscle relaxant properties (8). It affects the muscles of the uterus and is, thus, likely to cause contractions and abortion.
It is available in the form of capsules and powder, which you may take as a decoction.
This herbal remedy for abortion works by causing uterine contractions and thus terminating the pregnancy (9).
You can either chew the leaves or make a decoction.
9. Black cumin seeds:
They have abortifacient properties and anti-fertility effects. Taking the whole seeds in large doses causes the termination of pregnancy (9).
You may chew them or take as a tea.
10. Fenugreek seeds:
Fenugreek is an utero-stimulant and, therefore, leads to spontaneous abortion. Also, its tetrogen properties cause malformation in a developing fetus (10).
You can powder it, brew, and drink as a tea, or chew them raw.
11. Sesame seeds:
They are useful in inducing abortion. However, their abortifacient properties are less studied. The heat-producing nature of the seeds might work in terminating the pregnancy (11).
You can either soak them overnight and eat or fry some seeds and mix with honey or jaggery.
12. Goji berries:
Also known as wolfberries, they contain betaine, which induces menstruation and abortion (12).
13. Parsley leaves:
It contains high levels of vitamin C and volatile oils that make it an abortifacient (13). Vitamin C raises estrogen levels and increases blood flow to the reproductive organs. The volatile oils thin the uterine walls, thus softening the cervix that expels the fetus.
You can have freshly made juice or tea from the dried leaves.
14. Common rue:
The herb has been traditionally used for cervical stimulation and abortion. It contains pilocarpine that stimulates uterine muscles and is therefore used as an abortifacient (14).
Take it as an infusion by adding dried leaves in a cup of hot water; it is also available in the form of tincture.
15. Evening primrose oil:
It helps terminate the pregnancy by ripening the cervical muscles and preparing the uterus to expel the fetus (15). Enough concentration causes spontaneous abortion.
It is available in the form of pills; and oil can be applied topically.
It contains a substance called pulegone that stimulates uterine contractions and bleeding (16). However, pennyroyal is highly toxic and can lead to serious complications.
You can take it either in fresh or dried forms by boiling the leaves in water. Consume for a few days until you start bleeding.
17. Chamomile tea:
A high dose of chamomile can help terminate the pregnancy. It contains a component called thujone that induces uterine contractions and expels the fetus (17).
Include chamomile tea regularly until you see success. Chamomile essential oil can also be used as a vaginal douche to induce abortion.
High dosage of caffeine has been associated with increased risk of miscarriage. But the chances are very low (18).
19. Vitamin C:
It is believed to cause abortion (19) by hindering the flow of progesterone to the uterus. The vitamin is found in fruits such as pineapple and papaya, and you may also take vitamin C supplements.
Use of laxatives may lead to abortion (20). Too much of laxatives make the body condition unfavorable for fetal growth and lead to termination of pregnancy. Have them every day until you see the result.
There are certain acupuncture points, SP6 and LI4, which upon stimulation, cause miscarriage. You need to seek the help of an acupuncture specialist for this (21).
It is a great way to relax tired muscles, but massage abortion has been a traditional practice in some countries (22).
You may try abdomen massage with oils such as castor, coconut, olive or any other oil. Massage in the downward direction to release fetus and cause an abortion. Massage around the pelvic bone area also works. However, this massage can be done only by a trained masseuse.
23. Hot bath:
Taking a hot shower or hot water bath could result in spontaneous abortion. It raises the basal body temperature and could abort the fetus naturally (23).
Keep repeating hot showers or soak yourself in a hot water tub for two weeks or until you see the result.
Theearly period of pregnancy is very sensitive, and therefore pregnant women are advised to stay away from strenuous exercises. Rigorous exercises including crunches, overhead shoulder presses, high-intensity interval workouts, and deep squats are likely to lead to a miscarriage (24).
25. Sexual intercourse:
Having intercourse in the early weeks of pregnancy is believed to cause a miscarriage as the orgasms might disrupt the uterine walls (25). However, there is no evidence to back it.
If you have been using these remedies for several days, but without any result, then you may have to go for a medical abortion.
These home remedies are provided for informational purposes only and are not expert medical advice. We recommend you to talk to a doctor before trying any of these remedies because some of the ingredients, taken in wrong ways or high doses, may lead to complications.
How Do You Know You Had A Successful Abortion?
On a successful abortion, you are likely to see the below symptoms. However, they might differ from woman to woman and are based on the stage of gestation.
- Vaginal bleeding
- Heavy spotting
- Mild to severe back pain
- Discharge of tissue clots
- Severe cramps
If you notice these symptoms upon using any of the abortion remedies, see a doctor soon to make sure everything is going fine with your body.
Complications Of Abortion
Abortions are not easy and may come with some complications. While some are noticeable directly, some are detected in an ultrasound scan. However, it is not necessary that all women go through these side-effects. The most common complications are:
- Fever above 100.4°F
- Severe abdominal and back pain
- Damage to the cervix
- Perforation of the uterus
- Foul smelling discharge
- Persistent bleeding
- Scarring of the uterine lining
- Infection or sepsis
An unwanted pregnancy gives you a lot of stress. The decision to abort the pregnancy needs to be taken as early as possible because the earlier you go for it, the fewer are the chances of complications.
Do you know of any other safe ways to abort a pregnancy? You may share them with us in the comments section below.
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