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ask: can laxatives cause miscarriage

i was on strong painkillers and very constipated and had to take laxatives. didnt know i was pregnant then i had miscarriage. was it because of what i was taking?

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I had sex a 3 nights ago he ejaculated in me and I am very worried I have this weird feeling that I might be pregnant as I'm experiencing slight cramps in my stomach (they feel like mini period cramps)..I don't know what to do ..I feel that I am not ready to have a baby yet and I don't believe in abortions I need sum help I know its 2 early to say weather I'm pregnant or nt but if I am I can't keep it I need the fastest way 2 induce a misscarrige...I was thinking about laxatives bt is laxatives safe 2take for me I dnt wnt 2 harm my body

September 10, 2013 - 3:13pm
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon!

We do not assist people in self-induced abortions which is the same thing as a self-induced miscarriage. These are not necessarily safe. 

What you need to do right now is take an emergency contraceptive, go straight to a pharmacist, some work for up to 5 days after you have sex. Pregnancy does not occur immediately it takes days to happen after unprotected sex. You still have time!

You also need to start using birthday control immediately so you don't go through this again.

Good luck!


September 11, 2013 - 10:22am
EmpowHER Guest

i have a bunch of regular sharp pain around my belly button and trying to figure out the cause my doctor wanted to do a camera endoscopy. the night before i had to take laxatives to clear my system for the camera. the next day i reported to the hospital for the procedure and all went well with no complications, however, that night I started experiencing out of this world pain from my upper abdomen down to my knees and all up my back and immediately reported to the ER and found out I was having a miscarriage. Didnt even know I was pregnant and now all I can think is that the laxatives caused me to lose the baby. Is that possible?

June 15, 2013 - 1:17am
EmpowHER Guest

thats not true!! I know a lot of people who have taken laxatives to abort unwanted babies.

October 20, 2012 - 1:59pm
Jasmine Santa Maria

I was once at a health spa, and one of the people there put together a mixture of herbs that naturally aid the digestive system. Speaking frankly, she said if you eat three times a day, you should go three times a day. The Dr Max Powers "15 Day Cleanse" product listed many of the same herbs she used in her mixture. Its not just for men (I thought it was - but this woman uses it also).

Unlike laxatives, which clean you out in an aggressive manner, this works in a very mild way and just helps you to go naturally. I have never experienced any cramping or negative issues associated with this product. I endorse it as a healthy way to help you become "regular". I don't personally believe that "cleanse" products will rid your body of toxins, or help you to lose weight. But, for going regularly, The Dr Max Powers 15 Day Cleanse is an EXCELLENT product.

October 19, 2012 - 8:49am
EmpowHER Guest

how ccan u have a miscarrage if u dnt want the baby and u dont have the momey for an abortion.what if u got raped.

November 4, 2011 - 10:00pm
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

If this has happened to a person they need to contact their doctor or a clinic immediately for Plan B (a medication that prevent pregnancy) and for testing and a full health checkup. This can be done for free or on a sliding scale. Click here for free clinics in the U.S. and click on your state for further information: http://freeclinics.us/ . If you are asking for you or a friend, counseling is a good idea.

If you need more help, support or anything at all, please let us know,


November 7, 2011 - 11:48am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide

Dear Kaz

Thanks for your question and welcome!

I'm very sorry to hear of your miscarriage. I hope you are healing well.

Laxatives are not a good idea in pregnancy for many reasons. Firstly, they often cause abdominal cramping that may be thought of as labor pains/contractions. Unnecessary trips (and scares!) to the ER may result. Also, they begin to run the digestive system, instead of the digestive system following a natural course. Natural methods for regulation should always be tried first.

Kaz - about one third of pregnancies end up in miscarriage. It's highly unlikely your use of laxatives caused you to lose your baby. Most miscarriages, especially those in early pregnancy, like your, remain a mystery.

Your miscarriage was not your fault; you did nothing wrong.

Are you still on the painkillers?

April 14, 2010 - 11:28am
kaz (reply to Susan Cody)

had scans and dye put in but nothing is showing why i am in this pain. during miscarriage this pain was unbearable. its like a dragging pain as if something is pulling my insides out. sounds weird i no but hards to describe. doc thinks might be scars from birth as i was in abit of a mess after.

April 14, 2010 - 11:37am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to kaz)


Thanks for the update. Taking this kind of pain medication isn't good, especially long term or if you want to have another baby.

You may have uterine scarring (I have tons of it) or you may have fibroids that can be painful. Endometriosis is also very painful - have you been tested for any of these conditions?

April 14, 2010 - 1:36pm
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