2:09 pm - 09/21/2009

Emmenegogues: Parsley Tea Side Effects?

Hi everyone!

I want to use parsley in order to induce my period a week early for the first time. Before I do it though, I wanted to hear other womens' experiences and I was wondering if there are any side effects from using it. For example, is your period heavier or lighter? are your cramps worse? does it affect your next period in any way? etc.

Also, I really want to insure that I get my period a week early (I'm going to visit my boyfriend [long distance relationship] the week that I'm supposed to get my period) and I've heard that taking a lot of vitamin C helps to induce your period as well. Could/should I do both things or would that just be way too much for my body?

Thank you so much in advance!
sand_woman 21st-Sep-2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
Well, I think the parsley works because it has a high vitamin C content. So it's up to you how you do that, but it's basically the same method. A week early might be a little ambitious - I've not had success with that at all, I can manage a day or two early or to encourage a late period. There's no harm in trying, but I would have a back-up plan.
anewcliche 21st-Sep-2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
I just looked it up and your right, there is a high vitamin C content in it. You mentioned a back-up plan--is there another way to induce my period that you know of?
sand_woman 22nd-Sep-2009 07:44 am (UTC)
In terms of a back-up plan, I was thinking at the time more ways to control your period while you are on it so as not to interfere with sex (I tend to use a menustral sponge up against the cervix during sex, others use the Instead Cup or similar) and the Mooncup can work for oral and external sex.

As I understand it, though, Vitamin C works by causing a drop in progesterone which is the signal to the body to start a period, which can be mimicked if you have access to progesterone treatments such as the mini-pill. That's a bit hit and miss, I find (it's the only method I have access to, though).

If you are able to use hormonal birth control, that's the easy way. Not to induce your period as such, but you could potentially delay it taking active pills until you are ready to have a period, assuming you can start taking it before you are due to ovulate. It depends how much time you have to go.

Doctors are also able to prescribe high doses of pills which can delay a period - I am not very sure about the contents of these -I just know from word of mouth people that have taken them if they were going on holiday and didn't want their period.
anewcliche 22nd-Sep-2009 12:42 pm (UTC)
I can't actually take HBC (causes blood clots for me) and so I have a Paragard IUD so I also can't use menstrual cups. If I end up having my period when I go to visit the boyfriend we'll still have sex. I would just prefer not to have to deal with it if I don't have to.

I received a comment further down about Dong Quai being more reliable so I think I'm going to use that instead and hopefully it will work.

Thanks for the advice!
sand_woman 22nd-Sep-2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
Let us know if it works! Should be interesting. I have a copper IUD too, which is why I end up using the strange sponge method.
beez_kneeezz 21st-Sep-2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
I drank Parsley tea and got my period two days early. It worked for me and I didn't see any difference with my period. But do remember that everyones body is different and it could have a different effect on you.
anewcliche 21st-Sep-2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
Were you drinking it for a few days before you got your period or only one time? Sorry for the probing question, I'm just trying to make sure that I do this right!
ini 21st-Sep-2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
Parsley tea didn't work for me at all — though I only tried it once. I've never tried vitamin C.
licoricesnocone 21st-Sep-2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
I've tried taking lots and lots of vitamin C to induce an early period. It has never worked for me.
pinkdramon 21st-Sep-2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
It works really fast & makes me wicked crampy.
Other then that no major side effects.

I didn't bother using extra vitamin c.
anewcliche 21st-Sep-2009 11:46 pm (UTC)
If you don't mind me asking, did you use parsley tea before or after you were supposed to get your period? I'm trying to use it to start my period a week early and want to make sure it works.
pinkdramon 22nd-Sep-2009 12:04 am (UTC)
I've used it both ways. Before & after it was due. There was no risk of pregnancy or anything, it was just late or poor timing.
rainbowtastic 22nd-Sep-2009 02:25 am (UTC)
I've used it without success. And I steeped some DAMN strong cups... a handful of parsley leaves left to sit in a cup of hot water for a good 8-12 hours, drank 2-3 times a day. It was actually kinda tasty, so no complaints there, but it didn't bring my period on. I wanted it a week early as well, but no such luck. It came just when it was supposed to, regardless of my efforts. I also used Humphrey's 11, which is supposed to make your period arrive in conjunction with the parsley, but no luck there either. I've used vitamin c tablets before with success but only a couple days before.

I did get a suggestion on here when I asked about Dong Quai... apparently its supposed to work really really well and make your period appear like crazy, but it was too expensive for my tastes, so I didn't give it a shot.
anewcliche 22nd-Sep-2009 02:43 am (UTC)
Thanks for the Dong Quai suggestion. Do you know about how much I should use/frequency/etc. or could you link me to your post?
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