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I want to take vitamin c as contraception. my period is due in 12 days. in what amounts should i consume vitamin c supplements to induce my periods?

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Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 57 years experience
Vit C contraception: It is not the dose that is important. For Vit C to prevent pregnancy you must hold the pill tightly between your knees all the time. No other way it can prevent pregnancy.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
The C does not...: The C in vitamin C does not stand for Contraception. Vitamin C is plentiful in a normal person's balanced diet, which means normal people do not need extra vitamin C supplements. Vitamin C does not prevent pregnancy. Other vitamin supplements sold at the store also do NOT prevent pregnancy. Condoms sold at the store are excellent at preventing pregnancy.
Dr. Lisa Roazen
Emergency Medicine 18 years experience
Not birth control: Vitamin C is NOT a contraceptive. It cannot be relied upon to induce periods or prevent pregnancy. Please see your doctor to discuss reliable, effective birth control options.
Dr. Carlos Faviel font
Family Medicine 11 years experience
If anything, it help: Vitamin C helps with collagen building. it is the opposite of what you want to achieve. It is not a birth control drug and it carries no contraceptive application. For a 20 year old lady, there are many choices in contraception, pills, patches, rings, IUDs with hormones and copper based. Some of them are preferable to others; I wish you the best. None of them is Vitamin C.

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