Tequila alcohol (Agave) May be an Abortifacient
Wow. I just got off the phone with a patient. She was pregnant 5 weeks and reported having a cramping episode last week. This made me extremely nervous as a cramping episode during pregnancy could be the beginnings of a miscarriage. She said that she didn't know she was pregnant and she had an alcoholic drink. She asked me whether or not the alcoholic drink could cause miscarriage. I told her that some midwives used a half a glass of wine to stop miscarriage so I didn't really think so.
Then, I did a double take. I asked her what kind of alcoholic drink she drank. She answered that she had a couple of drinks of Tequila. Could the Tequila have caused the cramping episode and threatened miscarriage?
So I did what any young person would have done. I Googled it.
Sure enough, the juice of Agave Americana is a purgative and diuretic and has been used as an abortifacient! Agave is used to create Tequila!
Well, I learned something this morning. Tequila may or may not possibly cause a miscarriage.
1. Nordengren, Thomas, The A-Z Encyclopedia of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Brown Walker Press, Parkland, FL, 2002, page 26.