Neutropenia: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment
The word “neuter” means “to prevent pregnancy.” Neutro is Greek for “newborn,” so it’s a term used to refer to preventing birth defects or other problems associated with having babies.
The word neuter comes from the Latin natus meaning new born and prophanos meaning father.
In the past, doctors would use various drugs to induce abortion (or sometimes even kill) when they weren’t sure if a woman was pregnant. Today, most physicians don’t do this anymore because there are now effective ways to diagnose pregnancy early on.
But there still are cases where women need to have their fetuses removed before they’re born anyway—for example if they’ve had too many miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies or something similar.
But what about women who aren’t pregnant? What happens if they get pregnant naturally?
Well, here’s where things become complicated. If a woman gets pregnant naturally, she doesn’t necessarily want her baby to be born into the world with congenital abnormalities. She might just not want to deal with all those medical issues that come along with having a child with severe disabilities.
If she finds out that she’s pregnant too late for an abortion, she could always go with the whole baby adoption route. The major problem with this is that it can be very expensive.
And if a woman is young, she might not be able to find a family willing to take in her child before it’s born. Plus, the legal hassle of doing this can really get complicated and expensive. And of course, there will still be some mothers who just won’t be able to psychologically deal with the idea that they’re giving up their children.
That’s why many women choose to use the drug Cytotec (misoprostol) instead. This drug can cause contractions and lead to a miscarriage.
This is better than an abortion for several reasons: it’s cheaper, it’s completely natural (no cutting), and it has a much higher success rate.
But there are some problems with using this drug. For one thing, it’s only about 85-90% effective.
This means that there’s still a chance of failure (and a baby being born). In addition, there’s the fact that misoprostol is only available by prescription—which means you need to see a doctor first.
So how does one get a prescription for such a thing?
Some women go to the emergency room and say that they’ve been having cramps. Others lie and say that they were sexually assaulted. Both of these stories often result in a prescription for misoprostol.
But how do you actually take the drug?
The best method is to insert the pill into your vaginal canal and leave it there for between 12 and 24 hours (no longer than that or you risk damaging your womb). You then take it out and insert another one. You can take up to four misoprostol pills every 24 hours, but you need to use common sense and not do more than that.
The main problem with this is that Cytotec isn’t meant to be used this way. In fact, doing so can damage your internal organs (especially your liver and kidneys).
Of course, this isn’t unique to Cytotec as any drug taken in overdoses can cause organ damage.
But on top of this, using Cytotec (or other drugs) in this manner can easily lead to serious infections since you’re basically playing doctor and experimenting on your own body. Not to mention the psychological issues that arise when ending a pregnancy, even if it is unintended.
There’s also the emotional toll that comes with ending the life of your unborn child.
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