A nurse in Seattle claims two young women were hospitalized this week after trying to use a vacuum hose to end their periods early.

She said the women were aged 23 and 19, and both went into 'shock' after the DIY method triggered a rush of blood, rather than the stop they had hoped for.

So-called 'Menstrual Extraction' was first described by feminist activists Lorraine Rothman and Carol Downer in the 1970s as a way to perform an at-home abortion before Roe v Wade.