The emergency contraceptive pill is considered as a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex, contraceptive failure or an unwanted pregnancy. Though not widely reported but side effects of these pills can be long lasting and put at risk your chances of conceiving later.
Much before the advent of the pill and other contraceptives, ancient medicine used herbs and other foods as potent contraceptives. Though not many large scale scientific studies have established their effectiveness, but the medical world is waking up to the potency of these old remedies.
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Herbal contraceptives need to be consumed for a sustained period of time to establish effectiveness. Examples are wild yam and neem.
Wild Yam: Doses must be taken twice daily for a minimum of a month to allow it time to take effect before relying on it for birth control.
Pomegranate: The seeds of the fruit contain an oestrone identical to the genuine hormone and states that it may have something to do with its historical uses as a contraceptive.
Papaya Seeds: Papaya seeds have long been used as an effective and safe contraceptive. It appears a teaspoon of the seeds per day is what traditional cultures use – and it takes three months of use to be fully effective.
Some herbal contraceptives have the ability to interfere with implantation of the egg on the uterine wall. Implantation occurs about 6 days after the egg has been fertilized. If the egg is unable to get a grip on the uterine wall, it cannot survive, it begins to break down, and menstruation will arrive as usual. Here are some of the herbs that fall in this category.
Neem Oil: Neem oil can also be used as a contraceptive solution for both men and women. There are commercial preparations available as well. For women it is used vaginally as a spermacide, and men use it orally as a daily contraceptive to induce temporary sterility.
Queen Anne’s Lace Seeds: Also known as Wild Carrot, the seeds of Queen Anneseem to have the best reputation for contraception. The flower heads and mature seeds work best as a morning after type contraceptive. The first dose should be taken within 8 hours of being exposed to sperm, followed by another dose or two as needed.
Smartweed Leaves: A common weed, smartweed contains the substances rutin, quercitin and gallic acid which all interfere with the initiation of pregnancy. An infusion of one ounce of dried leaves (or 4 ounces of fresh leaves) in a quart of boiling water is consumed liberally until menstruation begins.
Rutin: This phenolic compound can be purchased in tablet form. A minimum of 500 mg should be taken daily for several days before and following ovulation.
Apricot Kernels: After unprotected intercourse on a potentially fertile day, begin eating 5-10 apricot kernels 3 times a day. Continue this until your period comes. This prevents implantation.