A woman has claimed that she became pregnant after the popular detox tea brand & # 39; Bootea & # 39; her birth control pill.
Crystal George, 27, from Shefford, Bedfordshire, used a & # 39; 14-day teatox & # 39; of the brand promoted by sweden of celebrities on social media.
The tea is promoted as a quick solution for weight loss. But the laxative ingredients have been reported by health experts as & # 39; dangerous & # 39; labeled.
After returning from a vacation with her partner, Mike Gray, 28, George felt unwell and thought she had contracted an illness.
But three months later, the online influencer discovered that she was in fact 13 weeks pregnant.
George claims that a doctor has told her that detox tea can wash away the digestive system, preventing the pill from entering the bloodstream.
Bootea has previously admitted that tea can affect the reliability of the pill, with a wave of women with & # 39; Bootea baby & # 39; s & # 39; result.
After the birth of Kovah January 2017, now two, the mother-of-one says she is happier than ever with her surprising baby.
Crystal George, 27, from Shefford, Bedfordshire, used a & # 39; 14-day teatox & # 39; from Bootea before going on vacation with her partner, Mike Gray, 28
Three months later, the online influencer discovered that she was in fact 13 weeks pregnant
After the birth of Kovah in January 2017, now two, the mother-of-one says that she is now happier than ever with her surprise baby
Mrs. George said: & # 39; I have been using the birth control pill since I was 17 years old and have never had any problems with it.
& # 39; I took it religiously every day, so I was completely blind when my doctor told me I was pregnant.
& # 39; When I explained that I had taken Bootea in previous months, the doctor explained that it was probably due to flushing my system with a laxative effect that my birth control pill failed. & # 39;
Mrs. George said: In hindsight, Mike and I are thrilled to have our daughter Kovah, but when I found out I was pregnant, it was a huge burden on both Mike and my mental health.
& # 39; We had not been together long and I was shocked by what people thought I got pregnant so quickly in a relationship, I didn't even tell my mother about my pregnancy until I was 20 weeks old.
& # 39; Mike and I planned to save to travel around the world, but that all changed when I became pregnant.
& # 39; It was a very difficult time for both of us, but luckily we got out of it stronger as a couple and we couldn't imagine our lives without Kovah. & # 39;
Mrs. George said she was & # 39; petrified & # 39; was what people would think she would become pregnant
Mrs. George said: & # 39; I didn't even tell my mother about my pregnancy until I was 20 weeks & # 39;
George claims that a doctor has told her that detox tea can wash away the digestive system, preventing the pill from entering the bloodstream. She is pictured with the tea
CAN DETOX TEAS COUNTERACT BIRTH CONTROL?
Detox tea contains laxatives, most of which are in a natural form, such as senna, yerba mate, fennel seeds and nettle.
Diarrhea can reduce the effectiveness of medication because it rushes through your system without being absorbed into the bloodstream into the gut.
This is a common concern with hormonal contraception, which must be taken daily to be effective.
The NHS says that if you have illness or diarrhea for more than 24 hours, your protection against pregnancy may be compromised.
Mrs. George claims that there was no warning of the effect that the tea could have on the contraceptive pill on the package or package leaflet.
After the birth of daughter Kovah, who is now two, George now wants to draw attention to the potential problems between the effectiveness of the contraceptive pill and detox tea.
She said: & # 39; I'd say people up to 100 percent do research on detoxing if you consider it; but frankly, a shift in nutrition will do more for your gut than tea. & # 39;
Bootea claims that the 14-day detox is a natural, purifying tea that makes you feel energetic, motivated to achieve fitness goals and will beat the bloat. & # 39;
Three of the ingredients – yerba mate, fennel seed and nettle leaves – have a laxative effect that causes frequent trips to the toilet.
In addition, the product contains dandelion, which has been shown to interact with medicines by influencing how it is broken down by the liver.
The couple is & # 39; over the moon & # 39; with their daughter, but she was a surprise
Mrs. George said the pregnancy was the & # 39; most difficult time of her life & # 39; used to be. Pictured with Kovah
Mrs. George, pictured with Mr. Gill and Kovah at their home, said she was taking her pill & # 39; religious & # 39; took
Mrs. George added: “I don't regret having taken the tea because I have the greatest achievement and blessing I could wish for in my daughter.
& # 39; I am over all the problems that came up during pregnancy, but it was the hardest time of my life.
& # 39; Although it was very traumatic, I don't feel bad about it because it gave me my beautiful girl, but my circumstances may have been very different. & # 39;
Bootea has previously been advertised by countless celebrities on social media such as Katie Price, Vicky Pattinson and Caggie Dunlop.
Actress Michelle Keegan is said to have used the tea to slim down before her marriage to the star of Only Way Is Essex, Mark Wright, which prompts countless future brides to follow the same regime.
Other brands that have used laxatives, including senna, are Slendertoxtea and SkinnyMint, which is endorsed by Kim Kardashian & # 39; s sister Kylie Jenner.
In 2014, Bootea was ordered by the Advertising Standards Authority to remove various unsubstantiated health and weight claims from its website.
A petition from a doctor calling for the removal of & # 39; dangerous laxatives & # 39; in detox tea, 28,000 signed three years ago.
It successfully encouraged health care store Holland and Barrett to store a senna-free version of Bootea in their stores and to change the packaging with clear warnings.
Bootea has been contacted for a response.
Under their FAQ section, the brand says they cannot comment adequately if the tea is safe for women who are pregnant, pregnant or breastfeeding.
They previously advised those who use the pill to also use a condom while using Bootea – a warning that is not on the package.