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15 natural ways you can avoid pregnancy

15 natural ways you can avoid pregnancy

Birth control pills sometimes have side effects that make it difficult to function normally. If you're looking for a way to naturally avoid pregnancy, we've found a few.

Birth control methods have been tried and tested over the centuries. Sexual desire is something that many of us experience. We don't always engage in sex for the sake of procreating. It's a normal desire to experience for all living beings. Birth control allows us to enjoy sex without worrying about pregnancy, well, on most occasions. 

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Condoms, diaphragms, female condoms, loops, IUDs and birth control pills are some methods people adapt to avoid pregnancy. While there are some very effective birth control methods, there are some natural ways which you could try to avoid pregnancy. You have to remember that these methods are not 100% effective.

Also, keep in mind that natural methods don't necessarily mean that they're entirely safe. You have to be aware of the dosage of any herbal medicine as well. The best way to avoid pregnancy can be to combine these methods while using a condom as well. 

1. Fertility awareness method

There are periods during a woman's cycle when the chances of her getting pregnant are low. They're known as 'safe periods'. There are three ways to determine when a woman's least fertile period is. There's the temperature method, which involves checking your basal temperature. Another is the calendar method, which involves keeping track of the most fertile period for a woman. The third method is the mucus method, which involves checking the density of vagina secretions every morning. You can combine all three methods to determine when is the safest time for you to have sex.

2. Raw papaya

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Papaya is known to be an effective natural birth control method. Women are often asked to avoid the fruit during their pregnancy. The fruit in its raw form is rich in Vitamin C, which is known to increase the production of estrogen in the body. The fruit also helps in regulating periods. You can eat the ripened for of the fruit every day as a mild form of birth control, or opt for incorporating the fruit's raw form in your diet in some way.

3. Parsley

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Another mild birth control is parsley. The herd is easily available and can be bought at a grocery store. Dried parsley can be boiled as a tea and had twice every day to avoid pregnancy. The plant has no known side effect so you can opt to sip on a parsley tea throughout the day. Parsley is an herb known as an emmenagogue. It's a mild form of an emmenagogue so it works effectively as a period starter.

4. Dried apricots

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Women who are in the early stages of pregnancy are asked to avoid eating dried apricot as it can cause a miscarriage. But if you are looking to avoid pregnancy, you should opt for dried apricots. The fruit is also known to help curb excessive bleeding. Add 100gms of dried apricots with 4 tablespoons of water and a teaspoon of honey. Boil it down till it turns into a concoction. You can have a spoon of this as it is, or mix it with a glass of water and drink it. 

5. Neem oil

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Neem or Indian lilac is a common remedy for birth control in developing countries. The plant's leaves can be used in many different ways. You can opt to boil its leaves and consume the water. Another neem byproduct that's widely used is neem oil. Women use neem oil by applying it in their vagina before and after sex. It acts as a lubricant, it prevents infections, and it's known to be a spermicide. The leaves of the neem tree can be dried, powdered and made into a pill which can be consumed daily. Neem has no known side effects but is known widely for its healing properties. 

6. Asafoetida

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This herb can be found at an herb dispensary. Asafoetida is known to prevent pregnancy. It's a birth control method that's used in countries like India and China. The herb is pungent when boiled. Asafoetida is an antiviral so it helps keep your immune system working well. The herb is also used to help in aiding digestion, so it's an overall win-win situation! You can mix this with warm water and apple cider vinegar. It won't just help prevent pregnancy, it also helps in keeping you in shape. 

7. Blue Cohosh

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Another herb that is commonly used as a birth control method is Blue Cohosh. The herb is known to be able to prevent pregnancy, ease menstruation pain, and acts as a laxative. Boiling the dried herb in water and drinking it two to three times a day is known to help in preventing pregnancy. But this method of birth control needs to be used with caution. Blue Cohosh is known to narrow blood vessels and decrease oxygen supply to the heart. It's best to talk to an herbalist before adopting as a birth control method. 

8. Wild carrot seeds

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Queen Anne's Lace or wild carrot is a home remedy that has been used for centuries. The seeds of this plant are a very effective birth control method. You can either chaw them directly and consume them. Another method of consuming the seeds is to grind the seeds, soak a teaspoon of it in 1tsp of water, and then drink it with water. Generally, women are advised to eat the seed for 7 days after unprotected sex. 

9. Rue

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Rue has been an effective birth control method for centuries. Making tea with rue is a very popular birth control method that was practiced by women in Latin and North America. The herb contains pilocarpine and rutin, which is known to induce menstruation. Simply allow the herb to steep in hot water for a few minutes before drinking it. For the best results, drink rue tea at least two to three times a day. 

10. Dong Quai

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Dong Quai is a Chinese herbal method of avoiding pregnancy. It's an effective natural remedy to prevent pregnancy, but it should be used with caution. It is known to cause hormone-related cancers like breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Dong Quai, consumed in the right amounts, is said to trigger menstruation. 

11. Stoneseed root

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It is advisable to consult an herbalist before using stoneseed root as a birth control method. Stoneseed root is usually steeped in cold water for a few hours after which the water is consumed. But the contraceptive is known to produce Lithospermic Acid which affects the pituitary gland. The acid stops the gland from producing hormones that control the sex glands, which also hinders the production of estrogen and androgen. This can have a negative effect on the person consuming the root, so it is best you get a recommended dosage before trying this birth control method.

12. Buckwheat

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Women who are pregnant or who are breastfeeding are generally asked to avoid buckwheat as it contains a chemical called rutin. But as a birth control method, you can include 500gms of buckwheat in your daily diet which will help prevent pregnancies. Take care before you do take this method up, as some people are severely allergic to buckwheat. So it's best you talk to your physician before continuing on this method. 

13. Ginger root

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Ginger roots are also known to help in pregnancy prevention. Simply take the root, rinse it, grate it and add the grated ginger to a cup of hot water. Bring the water to a boil and allow it to cook for a bit. After allowing it to steep for 5 minutes, drain the water and drink it while it's still hot. You can add a teaspoon of honey to the concoction to help it go down smoother. Drinking two cups of it will not only help prevent pregnancy, but ginger is really good for digestion as well as menstrual cramps. 

14. Indian Wormwood

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Indian wormwood is another dried herb that has been proven to be an effective birth control method. The herb can be added to water and consumed to avoid any chance of pregnancy. You have to, however, be cautious with the dosage of this herb. Indian wormwood, when consumed in high amounts, is known to cause renal failure and it can be toxic to the body. Be careful when you opt for an herbal contraceptive method as some of the plants require the right dosage amounts. 

15. Abstinence

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A method that is 100% effective is to practice abstinence. There's no chance of pregnancy if reproductive organs don't touch, and this method takes a lot of practice, patience, and not to forget a bloody strong will! 

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