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Can Vitamin C Cause A Miscarriage?

Published: 01 April 2003
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I heard that too much vitamin C can cause a miscarriage for a pregnant woman. Is this true? If so, would it be possible to utilize this to do like a self-abortion type thing? Me and my girlfriend don't exactly have the $380 needed, and we can't let any of our parents know about this. So is there a safe way she can do a self-abortion without any risk to her e.g. vitamin C or something? And our time is very limited at this point, so PLZ hurry!
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Dear Can Vitamin C Cause A Miscarriage?,

 

You are partially right: sometimes (but only sometimes) very high levels of vitamin C can cause infertility and miscarriage. However, THIS IS NOT AN APPROPRIATE WAY TO DEAL WITH A PREGNANCY. Attempting to self-induce a miscarriage in any way is not a healthy or safe way to terminate a pregnancy. There are potential side effects in using high doses of Vitamin C. Furthermore, if it isn't effective, (a very likely possibility) then you've delayed dealing with this issue, which will make it even more complicated. As you said, time is limited.

 

We strongly suggest that you and your girlfriend immediately make an appointment at your local adolescent health center or clinic (in northern New Jersey, please call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973.971.6475) or your local Planned Parenthood. These places can discuss your options with you. In most states (including New Jersey) the staff can discuss options with you confidentially. The staff may also be able to help you (if you want) in talking about this with your parents. If abortion is the option you choose, the staff can give you information on how to get assistance in paying for one. They can also talk to you about practicing safer sex in the future, in order to prevent pregnancy and the transmission of STDs.

 

Dealing with an unintended pregnancy can be scary, but there is help available. We wish both of you luck.

 

 

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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