3:21 pm - 05/17/2008

Inducing menstruation--Vit. C + Black Cohosh?

Hi all,

I am a sexually active 20 year old female. I'm on the pill and me and my boyfriend use condoms every time. However, about a month ago, I finished a pill pack but, thanks to circumstances, wasn't able to start a new one until about a week and a half later. And then I was on antibiotics (only amoxicilin, but still).

Fast forward to today, when my period is exactly 5 days late. Yikes. It's usually a day or two "late," sure, and I have been stressed from finals--but I've been stressed before, and it's never taken this long. Usually I can tell when I'm going to get it, too, thanks to a bit of cramping and a different feel to the whole area, but everything feels non-crampy and closed up. Not a good sign.

So I decided to arm myself with some emmenagogues (ginger tea, vitamin C supplements, and black cohosh) and try to induce this stupid period myself. If anything, I'm going to England in a week and I don't want to be all bleeding everywhere as I travel 'cross the pond.

Questions:
- How much Vitamin C should I take a day? And how much black cohosh?
- There wouldn't be any interaction with taking C and cohosh, right? Or cohosh and birth control? I'm quite loath to start pills again before I get my period, but I just want to be sure.
- What are some other good emmenagogues? I know parsley (tea was *disgusting*), ginger (have some tea of that, and it tastes much better), vitamin C (just got some supplements, with asorbic acid), and black cohosh (just got some of that as well).

Thanks!
suriyel676 17th-May-2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
you can check here: http://www.sisterzeus.com/Emmeno.htm

Since your period is already 5 days late by your calculations I would strongly suggest taking a HPT. This is because just simply using an herbal emmenagogue to start a period that is late but would eventually come on it's own and trying to induce miscarriage are two very different things, both in terms of technique and safety.
freakin_lj 17th-May-2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I suppose you're right. I've been blowing it off since it makes me nervous to think about, but that's not a good idea either...

I wasn't aware, however, that HPTs worked this early. I'm sure my numbers are off, though. About how long after a missed period (since that's the indicator I'm using) should they work?

Thanks for your help.
musicgirl312 17th-May-2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
Technically, as soon as you miss your period- the better marker is 14 days from the sex in question.
suriyel676 17th-May-2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
generally they will be accurate the day your period should have started...
emilia_romagna 17th-May-2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
Instead of parsley tea, make parsley soup. Chicken broth, plus cubed chicken and any kind of veggies you like. Boil it till its soup, then add tons of chopped parsley at the end. Tastes much better, with the desired result.
jennifer0246 17th-May-2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
Wait, so you're still currently taking active bcp? Or you're on your placebo week now?
freakin_lj 17th-May-2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
I am on my 5th day of placebo pills. Sorry about that.
jennifer0246 17th-May-2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
Ok. So your period isn't necessarily late -- periods can come anytime during the placebo week and that's pretty normal. That said, you can certainly take a pregnancy test at this point. Other than testing, I wouldn't recommend doing anything (including emmenogogues) as you're still well within a normal time frame.
indigodye 17th-May-2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
PS - they are saying now all but a couple hardcore antibiotics (to treat tuberculosis, etc) do not effect HBC.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/birth-control-pill/WO00098

The effects of antibiotics on birth control pills may be overstated — except in the case of one antibiotic, rifampin.

Doctors and pharmacists usually play it safe and tell you to use backup. But this may be one less thing to worry about.
indigodye 17th-May-2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
And also.. try putting some mint tea bags in with the parsley. It doesn't make a half bad tea.. the mint overpowers a lot of the parsley.
atalanta0jess 17th-May-2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
Your period is actually only three days later than usual, right? Its very super normal for your period to start a few days into your placebo week, so it sounds like you are not usually two days "late" at all. You're usually right on time (for you)!

That said, three days late isn't all that late. And it sounds super duper extremely unlikely that you are pregnant.
ofoh 19th-May-2008 12:09 am (UTC)
Where do you get the parsley tea? or do you brew it yourself?
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