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Many couples want to have children but only with proper planning and when both are ready. To prevent an unwanted pregnancy, many women use contraceptive pills which may have adverse effects on the body in the long run. Luckily, there are a number of home remedies to prevent pregnancy. You can use them whenever you have unsafe intercourse. Of course, none of these methods are 100% effective; they are all just precautionary. So, it is always better to practise safe sex as much as you can! Below, we give you 25 ways to avoid pregnancy naturally, so that your sex life can be enjoyable, liberating and anxiety-free.
How To Prevent Pregnancy Naturally At Home – 18 Easy Ways
There are many natural methods of preventing pregnancy that are safe and have minimal health risks. Some of them are:
1. Papaya (Papita)
If you have unsafe intercourse, have papaya twice a day for the next 3-4 days to reduce the chances of an unwanted pregnancy. It is an effective birth control remedy and, when taken by the male partner, can reduce sperm count. The sperm count gets back to normal when consumption is stopped.
2. Ginger (Adrakh)
Ginger induces a period and thus prevents pregnancy. Add grated ginger to a pan of boiling water. After five minutes, turn off the stove and strain the mixture. Drink 2 cups of strong ginger tea every day.
3. Apricot (Khubani)
Apricot is a fruit which prevents foetus implantation in a natural way. Add 100 gms of dried apricots and 2 tablespoons of honey to a cup of water. Boil the mixture for around 20 minutes and drink it. You can also eat 5-10 apricot kernels a day after sexual intercourse till your period begins.
4. Dried Figs (Anjeer)
Figs are one of the best birth control methods and also promote blood circulation. Eat 2-3 dried figs after having unsafe intercourse. Don’t overeat as they may cause an upset stomach.
5. Cinnamon (Dalcheeni)
Cinnamon is known to stimulate the uterus, and cause miscarriage and abortion. However, it doesn’t work instantly, so you must consume it regularly for a long period. We advise consulting your doctor before using cinnamon as a birth control method.
6. Juniper Berries (Kala Jamun)
You can also eat kala jamun berries for birth control. It should be consumed for three consecutive days post lovemaking.
7. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is another method of natural birth control. It interferes with the progesterone hormone and hence prevents conception. Take 1500 mg of Vitamin C tablets twice a day for 2-3 days after unsafe sex. It is important not to overconsume Vitamin C as it may have adverse effects on your body. Also, do not take it if you are on anti-coagulant medication or suffering from sickle cell anaemia.
8. Asafoetida (Hing)
Drink asafoetida juice with water every month. It can prevent conception and avoid pregnancy.
9. Parsley (Ajamod)
Parsley is also an effective home remedy to prevent pregnancy. It is a mild herb with no side effects and best consumed as a tea.
Neem is one of the Indian home remedies to avoid pregnancy. It is available in the form of leaves, oil and leaf extract. Neem oil kills sperm within 30 seconds if injected into the uterus, while neem tablets promote temporary sterility in men.
The properties of pineapple can prevent implantation of a foetus and avoid pregnancy. Eat an unripe pineapple every day for 2-3 days after sex.
12. Buckwheat (Kuttu)
Buckwheat contains rutin which prevents implantation. You can have 500 gms of this herb every day. It works well before and after unprotected intercourse. The best thing about kuttu is that it doesn’t have any side effects.
13. Wild Yam (Ratalu)
When there is no other natural way to avoid an unwanted pregnancy, try taking wild yam twice a day regularly. It takes one or two months to work as a birth control remedy so make sure not to miss any day.
14. Indian Turnip
This vegetable is effective in preventing pregnancy for up to a week after sexual intercourse. Take a teaspoon of the dried and powdered root and mix it with half a cup of cold water. Drink it for a week.
Other Ways to Prevent an Unwanted Pregnancy
There are methods to avoid pregnancy which can be practised during sex. These are:
15. Have Sex During Your Safe Period:
This method provides an added layer of precaution, if you already have some kind of protection in place. Safe sex is usually between the 8th and 20th day of a woman’s menstrual cycle, as she would not be ovulating during this period. There is still a risk of unwanted pregnancy but you can try it as an extra layer of protection.
16. Practice Start-Stop Method:
The male partner can pulling out of his partner so that he doesn’t ejaculate inside and his sperm doesn’t fertilise an egg. However, this method requires practice and there is a risk that sperm might somehow enter the vagina and increase the chances of pregnancy. Again, it is better to do this along with other proven contraceptive methods in place.
17. Track Your Basal Body Temperature:
Once your period ends, you can start tracking your basal body temperature. When ovulation begins, the temperature starts rising and peaks on the day of ovulation. You can avoid conception if you avoid pregnancy during this period.
18. Look Out for Cervical Discharge:
A woman’s body produces a transparent, jelly-like discharge in the days leading up to ovulation. Abstaining from sex during this period can prevent ovulation.
Things to Keep in Mind While Natural Contraceptives
There are certain things you should keep in mind when you use any of the above home remedies to avoid pregnancy.
- If you are looking for an effective way to avoid a pregnancy and considering any one of the above methods on a long-term basis, consulting a doctor is a must.
- Many of the herbs and foods listed as contraceptives are neither 100% effective nor 100% free from side effects. Some carry risks which may prove harmful in the long run.
- If you experience any abnormal health effects after taking the remedy, immediately stop its usage.
- Take care of your diet and make sure you eat healthy while taking any birth control measure.
As mentioned in the beginning of the article, the 25 home remedies to prevent an unwanted pregnancy are not as effective as using condoms, contraceptive pills or other medical contraceptive devices. Practising safe sex is always the best option, in combination with one of the above methods. Consult your medical practitioner before you try anything, so that you can have full knowledge of what can be done to fully avoid an unwanted pregnancy with no lingering doubts. After all, it is always better to be safe than sorry.