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Many couples want to have children, but the decision is something which can be taken only when there is proper planning and when both sides are fully 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 in case you are worried about a slip-up or failure of your contraceptive measure. You can employ any one of them whenever you end up having unsafe intercourse. Of course, none of these methods are a 100 percent effective; they are all just precautionary. So it is always better to practice safe sex as much as you can! Below, we will discuss 25 ways on how to avoid pregnancy naturally, so that your sex life can be enjoyable, liberating and anxiety-free.
How to Prevent Pregnancy Naturally at Home – 25 Easy Ways
There are many natural methods of preventing pregnancy, which are safe and have minimal health risks associated with their use. A few are:
1. Papaya (Papita)
If you have unsafe intercourse, try having papaya twice a day for 3-4 days afterwards to reduce chances of unwanted pregnancy. It is an effective birth control remedy to prevent pregnancy and also is known to reduce sperm count in males. The sperm count will get back to normal once the male stops having papaya.
2. Ginger (Adrakh)
Ginger stimulates menstrual blood flow. Wash and grate ginger. Add the grated ginger to a pan of boiling water. Steep it for five minutes and then strain the mixture. Drink 2 cups of this strong ginger tea every day to prevent pregnancy.
3. Apricot (Khubani)
Apricot is also a natural substance which helps birth control by preventing foetus implantation. Add 100gms of dried apricots and 2 tablespoons of honey to a cup of water. Boil the mixture for around 20 minutes and then drink it. You can also eat 5-10 apricot kernels every day after sexual intercourse, till your period begins.
4. Dried Fig (Anjeer)
Figs are one of the best birth control methods, which is also healthy for other body processes like blood circulation. Eat 2-3 pieces of dried fig after having unsafe intercourse. Remember never to overeat figs as they may cause an upset stomach.
5. Cinnamon (Dalcheeni)
Cinnamon is known to stimulate the uterus, causing miscarriage and abortion. However, it doesn’t work instantly and so you must consume it regularly for a longer time. Make sure to consult your doctor before you use cinnamon as a birth control method.
6. Vitamin C
Taking Vitamin C is another method which is known as the best form of natural birth control. It interferes with the progesterone hormone which prepares the uterus for pregnancy and hence prevents pregnancy. Take 1500 mg of Vitamin C tablets twice a day for 2-3 days after unsafe sex. It is important not to over consume 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.
7. Asafoetida (Hing)
Drink asafoetida juice with water every month. It can prevent conception and avoid pregnancy.
8. Parsley (Ajamoda)
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 as leaves, oil and leaf extract. Neem oil kills sperm within 30 seconds if injected where the uterus and fallopian tubes join, while neem tablets promote temporary sterility in men.
10. Buckwheat (Kuttu)
Buckwheat contains rutin which prevents implantation. You can have 500 gms. of the herb every day. It works well before and after unprotected intercourse. The best thing about this herb is that it doesn’t have any side effects.
11. Cotton Root Bark (Kapaas)
The root of the cotton plant helps in the release of oxytocin, a hormone which induces labour, and therefore is effective to prevent pregnancy. You can add the dried root to hot water and have the tea twice a day.
12. Angelica (Dong Quai/Chora)
This is a Chinese herb which also is an effective natural birth control method. It is known to stimulate uterine contractions and helps if you have it within two weeks of unprotected sex.
13. Blue Cohosh
Blue cohosh is another herb that stimulates release of oxytocin. You can brew it as a tea and have it 2-3 times a day. However, it is better to consult your doctor before using it as a birth control method.
14. Stoneseed Root
This is a herb which was used since ancient times for birth control. Add the herb to cold water and steep it for few hours. Drink one cup of it for six months. But consult a herbalist before you use it.
15. Thistles (Gokharoo)
Thistle is a powerful herb which was used by Indian tribes to prevent pregnancy. Put it in boiling water till the water has a bitter taste and consume the liquid.
16. Indian Lilac (Dark Forest Neem)
The Indian lilac herb decreases sperm motility and hence prevents contraception. Injection of Indian lilac oil in women can prevent pregnancy for up to a year, without any negative effect on her menstrual cycle or ovaries. It also provides protection from STDs.
17. Queen Anne’s Lace (Junglee Gajar)
Also known as wild carrot seeds, Queen Anne’s Lace is a very effective contraceptive. You can chew on 1 tsp of the seeds within 8 hours of unsafe sex and after that, every day for a week.
18. Rue (Sudapa)
The Rue herb contains two components – pilocarpine and rutin which both induce early abortion. Mix 2 tsp of the herb in boiling water and drink the tea 2-3 times a day.
19. Smart Weed Leaves
This weed can induce a period if it is late along with interfering in early pregnancy. You can add 4 ounces of the weed to 4 cups of boiling water and drink it daily till you get your periods.
Also known as spearmint, this herb has been used since ancient times to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. Start with a minimum dosage and consume it as a tea according to a doctor’s instructions. A high dosage of pennyroyal can be fatal to the body.
21. Wild Yam
When there is no other natural way you can employ to avoid an unwanted pregnancy, try taking wild yam two times a day regularly. It takes one or two months for it to work as a birth control remedy so make sure not to miss any dosage.
22. Mugwort (Nagdona)
Mugwort helps to prevent pregnancy naturally. You can take dried mugwort herb with a cup of hot water. Do not use this herb if you have kidney problems as it may cause renal failure.
23. Black Cohosh (Black Snakeroot)
Black Cohosh stimulates the release of oxytocin which causes uterine contractions and hence helps in avoiding pregnancy. It has the best effect if you take it with other herbs like pennyroyal. Make sure to consult a doctor before using black cohosh.
24. Jack-in-the-Pulpit Root (Indian Turnip)
This herb is effective to prevent pregnancy for up to a week after sexual intercourse. Take a tsp of the dried and powdered root and mix it in half a cup of cold water. Drink the mixture for a week.
25. Silphium (Compass Plant)
Silphium is a plant belonging to the fennel family, which is also widely known for its contraceptive properties.
There are some methods to avoid pregnancy which can be practised physically while having sex. They require a little bit of self-control, are mildly effective but can also be employed. Especially if you want to make doubly sure that you will not get pregnant after intercourse. They are:
- Have Sex during Your Safe Period – This method is just an extra precaution, which you can use if you already have some kind of protection or proper contraceptive method in place. It means to have sex between the 8th day and 20th day of a woman’s menstrual cycle, as she would most likely not be ovulating during this period. There is still quite a risk of unwanted pregnancy but you can try it as an extra layer of protection.
- Practice Start-Stop Method – This method involves the man pulling out of the woman before the act of climax so that he doesn’t ejaculate inside and his sperms don’t fertilize an ovum. However, this method requires practice and is not fully safe as there is a risk that some amount of his sperm might enter inside and increase chances of a pregnancy. Again, it is better to do this along with having some other proven contraceptive method in place.
Caution while Using the Home Remedies to Avoid Conception
Everything in unregulated amounts can also be harmful to your body. There are certain cautions you have to keep in mind when you employ 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 absolutely a must.
- Many of the herbs and foods listed as contraceptives are all not 100 per cent effective, nor are they 100 per cent free of side effects. Some may carry risks along with their use which may prove harmful to you 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.