Cytotec (misoprostol) is a medication that has been used for various medical purposes such as abortion, labor induction, and preventing stomach ulcers. Here are some personal stories and real-life experiences that people have shared about using Cytotec.
Using Cytotec for Abortion
Cytotec is commonly used in combination with mifepristone for medical abortion. Here are two personal accounts of using Cytotec for abortion:
I found out I was pregnant at 5 weeks. I already have two young kids and knew I couldn’t handle another right now. I researched the abortion pill online and learned I could get mifepristone and misoprostol (Cytotec) mailed to me.
After taking the mifepristone, I waited 48 hours before using the Cytotec. I put 4 pills under my tongue and let them dissolve. The cramps kicked in about an hour later. It felt like really intense period cramps. I bled heavily with some clots for several hours. The whole process was over in a day. While painful, I was grateful to have a safe, private abortion with pills rather than surgery.
I was 11 weeks pregnant when I got Cytotec original from my local women’s health clinic. They instructed me to insert 4 pills vaginally, which I did at home. I started having mild cramps 30 minutes later. After 3 hours, I repeated the dosage.
The second time, the cramps became extremely painful. I passed a large tissue mass which I’m assuming was the pregnancy. I bled heavily the rest of the day with contractions coming every 5-7 minutes. It was a rough experience but so relieved it was successful.
Using Cytotec for Labor Induction
Cytotec can sometimes be used to induce labor by ripening the cervix. Here are two stories of women who took Cytotec to induce labor:
I was 41 weeks pregnant when my doctor recommended using Cytotec to help induce my labor. He inserted one pill into my vagina and told me to walk around for 2 hours. When he examined me again, I was about 3cm dilated already!
He then started me on Pitocin to strengthen the contractions. My water broke shortly after and active labor kicked in. I delivered a healthy baby girl 6 hours after receiving the Cytotec. I’m glad it helped avoid having to be induced with more aggressive methods.
I was given Cytotec vaginally to induce labor at 39 weeks due to preeclampsia concerns. I received two doses 4 hours apart. After the second dose, my contractions became extremely frequent and painful.
The baby’s heart rate dropped at a few points, so they stopped the Cytotec. I ended up with an emergency C-section due to failure to progress normally. While my daughter was ultimately healthy, I wish I’d known more about the risks of Cytotec beforehand.
Using Cytotec to Prevent Ulcers
Here are two accounts of people who took Cytotec to decrease stomach ulcers caused by anti-inflammatory medications:
I’ve had horrible reflux and peptic ulcers for years. I have to take ibuprofen daily for arthritis pain. My doctor prescribed Cytotec to help prevent NSAID-induced ulcers.
I take it 4 times a day with meals. I’ve had no issues with ulcers since starting it over a year ago. The only side effect I had was some loose stools for the first week or so. Overall it’s been very helpful for my situation.
To manage my rheumatoid arthritis, I take high doses of Aleve two times a day. In the past, the Aleve caused recurrent ulcers needing treatment. My doctor suggested we try Cytotec along with the Aleve to prevent ulcers.
I tolerated it well at first. However, after several months I started having severe diarrhea. I finally had to stop the Cytotec because the diarrhea was so frequent and disruptive. Thankfully we found another medication option to protect my stomach while on the Aleve.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Cytotec really work for medical abortions?
Yes, numerous studies have found Cytotec to be a safe and effective method for inducing medical abortion in early pregnancy when combined with mifepristone. Success rates are around 95% or higher.
What are the risks of using Cytotec for labor induction?
The risks of Cytotec for labor induction include potential uterine hyperstimulation and rupture, fetal distress, and other complications. Safer options are available, so experts recommend avoiding off-label use of Cytotec unless medically necessary.
How long should you take Cytotec to prevent ulcers?
Cytotec should be taken for as long as you are also taking ulcer-causing medications like NSAIDs. Discuss with your doctor how long you might need to be on Cytotec to protect your stomach.
These personal stories provide real-life insights into what people experience when using Cytotec for abortion, labor induction, and preventing ulcers. As with any medication, it’s important to discuss risks and benefits with your healthcare provider. Report any concerning side effects promptly. Be sure to follow instructions carefully for safe and proper use.