- Fertility & Reproductive Systems
Wild Carrot for Natural Contraception
Wild Carrot, also known as Queen Anne's Lace has long been used as a contraceptive, even Hippocrates mentions it over 2000 years ago.
Research indicates that wild carrot seeds stop the egg being implanted or may cause a newly implanted egg to be released. Whilst there is only small scale research to date on the subject, it seems that it is reliable enough to be considered a valid method of contraception. It can also be used as a method of emergency contraception if your other method fails.
The recommended procedure is to take 1 teaspoonful of the seeds for a few days around the time of ovulation and for a week after, because this is the only time that they will be needed. These should be well chewed and the taste is not too unpleasant. If they are just swallowed then the oils are not released and so will not have the required function. The tincture also seems to be effective. Alternatively it can be taken within 8-12 hours of sexual intercourse and then with two more doses every 8-12 hours, this only needs to be during the period of ovulation. The indications are that it is better only to take the seeds during ovulation than all through the month, they are more effective that way. In order to do this a good understanding of natural family planning is essential and the use of a ovulation detection monitor may be helpful.
There don't seem to be any real side effects to the use of wild carrot seed. There may be some constipation but this can easily be rectified by drinking more water.
This is not intended to constitute medical advice, please consult your doctor for information on contraception and pregnancy.
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