Every couple has the right to decide when to bear children and when not. Proper planning is extremely important when it comes to having children. There are several birth control techniques give below that are commonly used for birth control.
- Rhythm method
- Barrier method – male and female condoms
- Hormonal method- oral contraceptives
- Implantable devices- copper T
- Emergency Contraception – Morning after pill
There are several permanent contraception methods for the individuals who do not want to beat children. However every method has its own pros and cons. Chances are that these methods may fail at times and lead to an unwanted pregnancy. In that case, one should consult the doctor immediately.
Herbs for Birth Control
Herbal methods can be used for birth control however it should be noted that the results may not be positive always. Every birth control method has its own pros and cons and it may fail anytime with the exception of abstinence. Certain herbs interfere with implantation making it difficult for the egg to implant or maintain its grip to the uterine wall. When the egg is unable to implant to the uterine wall, it begins to break down and menstruation occurs.
1. Blue Cohosh
The roots of blue cohosh are used for birth control as it contains uterine-contracting substances. One of them mimics the hormone, oxytocin and the other a saponin called Caulosaponin. After an unprotected intercourse, drink a cup of blue cohosh tea.
- Add a teaspoon of blue cohosh to one quart of boiling water
- Steep for five minutes
- Sip this tea 2-3 times a day until the menstruation initiates
- Use this herb only under guidance as blue cohosh has certain side effects. Also take this herb in moderation, not more than 300 to 400mg per day.
2. Penny Royal
Pennyroyal is a plant under the genus-mint. It is used as a birth control herb by the Greeks and Romans in the ancient period. This herb works as an emmenagogue to promote menstrual flow and as a abortifacient to initiate self-abortion. According to Orgone Biophysical Research Lab, women may be prescribed pennyroyal in combination with other herbs to stop unwanted pregnancy. The leaves of this herb can be sued in both fresh and dried forms to induce menstruation.
- Boil eight ounces of distilled water
- Remove from heat and add one teaspoon of dried pennyroyal to the boiling water
- Steep for 10-15 minutes
- Strain and add a little honey if needed
- Drink this tea immediately after unprotected sex to avoid implantation of a fertilized egg to the uterine wall
Penny royal is a natural herb with strong properties and so it must be used with caution. It can even cause liver and kidney damage along with attacking the central nervous system. It is better to consult a herbalogist for exact dosage before taking this herb. Also do not drink this tea more than 2-3 times a day and if the periods are late by more than 10 days.
3. Indian Lilac
Neem or Indian Lilac is a popular Indian herb used to treat a number of ailments. It is extensively used for birth-control in both men and women. The neem leaves can be taken in raw form or pill and extracts are available in the market and can be taken under medical guidance.
Neem has spermicidal actions for men and a single injection if minute amount of neem oil in the uterine horns creates a reversible block in fertility for a year without hindering the menstrual cycle or ovarian functions. Research has also shown this herb slows down the motility of the sperm preventing their ability to fertilize the egg. It is so powerful that it can kill the sperms in the vaginal region in just 30 seconds. Using neem as a birth control method does not affect the sperm production or libido. Men can ingest neem tablets or gelatin-capsules with neem-seed oil as a birth control measure. It is also helpful in preventing sexually transmitted diseases due to its antibiotic, anti-viral and immune-stimulating properties.
4. Queen Anne’s Lace
Queen Anne’s lace, also known as Wild Carrot is also an effective herb for birth control. The seeds collected from the flower0head of this herb works as a contraceptive. This herb blocks the progesterone synthesis, disrupts implantation and thus acts as an effective contraceptive. Some people might experience mild side effects while using this herb. It is not suitable for people with kidney and liver disorders. Also breastfeeding mothers must avoid taking this herb. This plant looks similar to the deadly plants like poison hemlock and water hemlock. One should be careful in identifying the right herb.
- Take one spoon of Queen Anne’s lace seeds within eight hours of exposure to sperm
- Chew the wild carrot seeds for more effectiveness
- Take this once daily for continuously a week
- Alternatively, you may take this in the form of tincture or tea
Please note that these herbs have strong properties and must not exceed the recommended dosage. It is also not the sure shot methods to birth control and so medical assistance is extremely important in case these herbs fail.
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