Even the best of plans can go haywire. Due to your error or the product error, even your contraceptive may fail! Finding out that you are pregnant even after you used contraceptives can be a brain blasting alarm. There is no foolproof method to prevent conception, but here we list out for you some of the best home remedies to help prevent it.
It is popularly believed that taking dried figs after an intercourse will prevent conception. You can take around 2 to 3 dried figs the day after your intercourse. Overdose can upset your stomach, so eat no more than three each day.
Raw Papaya is a popular remedy for inducing a natural miscarriage. Eating the fruit right after the intercourse can also help prevent pregnancy. Eat plenty of papaya in the morning and night for 3 to 4 days after your intercourse.
Asafoetida is a common cooking ingredient in many homes. This pungent smelling herb can induce miscarriages in early pregnancy. Consuming asafoetida juice once a month just before your periods can help you keep pregnancy at bay. Dilute the juice in water and consume once a month.
Neem is a natural remedy to prevent conception, but for a change, this tip is for men. Neem is believed to decrease sperm motility, preventing fertilization. You can use neem oil, leaf extract and raw leaves – they are equally effective in providing reasonable results. Neem oil, when injected into the fallopian tubes or uterus, kills sperm in 30 seconds. Neem tablets taken regularly can induce temporary sterility in men. As an added plus, the couple can also protect themselves from STDs and genital infections.
Parsley is one herb that has long been used to prevent pregnancy naturally. In the olden days, women have even used it to induce a miscarriage. By inserting a few stems of parsley with the leaves deep inside the birth canal, they stimulated the uterus to expel the contents of the pregnancy. Though we aren’t sure about its potency to that extent, you can drink parsley tea every day to prevent pregnancy. Parsley is easily available, cheap and doesn’t have any side effects – so it’s a win-win!
Cotton Root Bark
The root of the cotton plant is believed to have oxytocin release inducing properties. Oxytocin also called the ‘Love Hormone,’ is a significant caretaker of the childbirth process. It stimulates the contraction of the uterus to push the baby out. You can use the root boiled into a tea and have it twice a day to prevent pregnancy.
Also known by the name Dong Quai, this herb is said to induce contractions of the uterus. It is effective when taken within two weeks of your intercourse to prevent conception.
Dried Apricots are also said to be effective natural contraceptives. Take around 100g of dried apricots and 2 tbsp. of honey. Boil them both well in water for about half an hour. Consume one cup of the drink a day. This is also an excellent remedy for excessive bleeding.
Ginger has menstruation stimulating properties that can be helpful in getting timely periods, avoiding pregnancy. It is also a tasty remedy that can be eaten in many forms. You can make hot ginger tea infusion, masala chai or add it to your salads.
Mugwort is a small leafy herb that looks a lot like parsley. Use this remedy with extreme caution as the herb can worsen renal problems. If you already have kidney problems or a family history of renal problems, avoid this herb altogether. Otherwise, you can take half spoon of the dried mugwort powder with a cup of water to keep pregnancy at bay.
Blue Cohosh is an herb that is believed to possess oxytocin release stimulating properties. You can brew the dried herb into a hot tea and consume it daily for 2 to 3 times, but don’t take it more than four times a day.
Wild Yam is a long-term solution to delay making babies. You must have taken it for at least two months prior your intercourse for it to take effect. Consume two portions of wild yam every day, without missing a single dose. If skipped, wild yam loses its effectiveness.
Black Cohosh, like its sibling Blue Cohosh, is a good remedy to prevent conception. You can take it just like Blue Cohosh, by brewing it into a tea.
Stoneseed root is a natural pregnancy remedy that many swear by. This was a popular a remedy used in the times of Dakota Indian Tribals. They smoked the seeds to promote sterility. Instead of smoking it, you can steep the seed overnight in water and drink the water to prevent pregnancy.
Cinnamon is a potential abortifacient but is only effective when taken for a long period. Cinnamon overdose can also damage the liver. Hence it is advisable to consult a physician before deciding to use cinnamon as a contraceptive.
Spearmint or pennyroyal has been long used for inducing miscarriages. The exact knowledge of how much is good for you is lost, so use this remedy with extreme caution. Overdosing on spearmint can lead to death. If possible, get medical advice before using it. Just add a pinch of the herb to your tea to prevent surprise pregnancies.
Thistle was believed to promote temporary sterility by the Quinault Indians. Boil the herb in water until the taste becomes bitter and consume it.
Silphium was once a plant that flourished in the ancient city of Cyrene in Greece. It was popular for its contraceptive nature. It even has been engraved in their coins. Greeks believed that Silphium was the best contraceptive ever, so you might as well try it.
Jack in Pulpit Root
The dried powder of Jack in the Pulpit Root can help prevent conception. Use it for about one week after your intercourse. Mix one teaspoon of the powder in half cup of water, strain and consume the liquid.
Smart Weed Leaves
It is a common weed found in many countries of the world. It has many chemical elements like Gallic acid, rutin and quercetin that has the potency to interfere with embryo implantation. You can add 4 ounces of fresh leaves to 4 cups of boiling water, boil, strain and drink. Drink this concoction until you get your periods. This is also a useful remedy for irregular periods.
Wild Carrot Seeds
Wild Carrot Seeds, also known by the name Queen Anne’s lace, is also a popular old age remedy that is believed to prevent pregnancy. You can chew the seeds directly in your mouth if you like the taste; you can also grind the seeds and steep it in water for a drink. Have plenty of water when using this herb.
Rue has two elements – rutin and philocarpine that has the power to induce miscarriages in early pregnancy. It has been long known as a popular abortifacient and can be drunk as a tea. Take two teaspoons of rue in a cup and add boiling water to it. Steep it till it turns lukewarm. Consume 2 to 3 times a day.
Buckwheat is an all safe natural remedy to prevent implantation of the embryo into the uterus lining. It contains an element called Rutin that possesses the above-said property. You can consume up to 500g of Buckwheat each day.
Vitamin C, also called Ascorbic Acid, inhibits the hormone progesterone from the uterus. This hormone is needed for successful fertilization. To get positive results, take 1500g of pure Vitamin C twice a day for at least five days after our intercourse. Some women have the habit of placing the tablet in the vagina. As the tablet is acidic, it kills off sperms. However, ingesting Vitamin C is more reliable than placing it as a vaginal suppository.
Though we’ve lined these home remedies for you, use these at your own discretion. It is best if you take them after consulting a therapist, so you can get customized doses and plan for your individual body type.