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Natural Birth Control: Home Remedies to Avoid Pregnancy


Natural birth control, also known as natural family planning or fertility awareness, involves tracking your menstrual cycle and identifying when you are most fertile to avoid pregnancy. While there are several methods available, such as the use of contraceptives, some people prefer to use home remedies for birth control. 

In this blog, we will explore some of the natural birth control options that can be used to prevent pregnancy. However, it’s important to note that these methods are not 100% effective and may not be suitable for everyone. It’s always best to consult with a healthcare professional before making any decisions about your birth control options.

Why Birth Control?

Birth control is the intentional use of methods, devices, medications, or procedures to prevent pregnancy. It allows individuals to have control over their reproductive choices and make informed decisions about if and when to have children. Natural birth control, also known as fertility awareness or natural family planning, involves tracking a woman’s menstrual cycle to determine when she is most likely to conceive and avoiding intercourse during that time. It is a hormone-free and non-invasive option for those who prefer to avoid the use of artificial birth control methods. 

Natural birth control methods can include tracking basal body temperature, cervical mucus, and other signs of fertility to help identify the most fertile days in a woman’s cycle. However, it is important to note that these methods may not be as reliable as other forms of birth control and should be used with caution. It is always recommended to consult with a healthcare provider to discuss the most effective and appropriate birth control options for individual needs and circumstances.

Safest days not to get Pregnant

The safest days not to get pregnant are typically the days when a person is not ovulating. Ovulation usually occurs in the middle of a woman’s menstrual cycle, which is around day 14 in a 28-day cycle. However, it is important to note that this method is not foolproof, as ovulation can occur at different times for different women and can also be affected by factors such as stress or illness.

Temperature method

The temperature method involves tracking one’s basal body temperature (BBT) to determine when ovulation occurs. This involves taking one’s temperature every morning before getting out of bed and charting it over the course of a menstrual cycle. A slight increase in temperature may indicate ovulation has occurred. This method can be used in combination with other methods of contraception, but should not be relied upon as the sole method of birth control.

Herbs for Birth Control

  1. Dried cotton root bark is an herb that can be used to prevent pregnancy by stimulating the release of the hormone oxytocin when consumed as a tea or boiled in water.
  2. Pennyroyal, also known as spearmint, is an ancient method for preventing unwanted pregnancy. It can be added to tea and consumed in small doses, but excessive consumption can lead to poisonous reactions.
  3. Black and Blue Cohosh herbs can prevent pregnancy by stimulating the release of oxytocin hormone, which causes the contraction of uterine walls. It is important to consult a doctor to determine the appropriate dosage and consume it in the form of a brewed concoction.
  4. Parsley is a readily available herb that may be useful in preventing pregnancy. It is considered one of the most beneficial organic birth control methods due to its lack of side effects.

Herbs that can kill Sperm

The herb neem has been used as a contraceptive since ancient times and is known to be a spermicide. It can be consumed in the form of leaves, extract, or oil, and does not affect sperm production but rather kills sperm. Both men and women can use neem extract or oil to prevent pregnancy. Injecting neem oil through the vagina is believed to cause reversible infertility in females for approximately one year.

However, it is important to note that the use of neem as a contraceptive should be done with caution and under the guidance of a healthcare professional, as improper use may lead to adverse effects on reproductive health.

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In conclusion, natural birth control methods can be an effective way to avoid pregnancy without the use of hormonal or invasive methods. By implementing home remedies such as tracking your menstrual cycle, using natural herbs and supplements, and practicing safe sex, you can achieve a higher level of control over your fertility.

It is important to note that natural birth control methods may not be 100% effective and should always be used in combination with other forms of contraception for maximum protection against unintended pregnancy. Additionally, it is essential to consult with a healthcare provider to determine the best birth control options for your individual needs and health concerns.

Ayu Health is a healthcare provider that offers a holistic approach to health and wellness, incorporating traditional Ayurvedic practices with modern medicine. With a focus on personalized care and natural remedies, Ayu Health can provide guidance and support for those interested in natural birth control methods, as well as other aspects of reproductive health. By working with a healthcare provider like Ayu Health, you can ensure that your birth control choices align with your overall health and wellness goals.

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About the Author

Dr. Nethra H S
MS - Obstetrics & Gynaecology, MBBS Obstetrician, Gynecologist at Ayu Health | Website | + posts
Dr. Nethra H S is an Obstetrician, Gynecologist, and Reproductive Medicine and Infertility at Ayu Health, Bangalore, and has an experience of 8 years in these fields.
She completed her MS - Obstetrics & Gynaecology from ESIC Medical College & PGIMSR in 2016 and an MBBS from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in 2011.
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