Herbal Birth Control and DIY Lubricant?!

Playing Herbal Birth Control – Is It Safe or Effective?

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There is certainly a trend towards using more natural remedies for many health and wellness needs and The Doctors discuss using one natural remedy for birth control. 

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Queen Anne’s lace is a flower grown in the U.S. and throughout the world and lately, women have been using it as emergency contraception. OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry says women will chew the seeds for about a week because it supposedly will impact the uterine lining making it so a fertilized egg will not easily implant into the uterus.  Dr. Nita says there aren’t adequate studies to back this up and she worries about the safety of it.

ER physician Dr. Travis Stork is worried that if this seed is that powerful it’s dangerous not to know the proper dosage and potential side effects. 

Another natural substance is being used in the bedroom as a DIY spermicide. Neem oil is applied inside the vagina but Dr. Nita says yet again, there is no research to back up its safety. The Doctors all take a whiff of the oil and agree it smells terrible! “Women, I would not put this in your vagina!” exclaims Dr. Travis. Dr. Nita notes that this product has only been tested on rats.

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Dr. Nita advises women not to opt for herbal supplements because the safety is unknown and there is a chance of pregnancy. She says there are so many birth control options available today that you can talk to your doctor about finding the best one for you.