Everyone is dragging these wild "natural birth control" tips and calling them "dangerous"
12 June 2019, 17:26
A post about "natural birth control options" went viral and the Internet is absolutely roasting the post which suggests papaya seeds, wild yam, and toxic pennyroyal as forms of birth control.
A tweet about "natural birth control" went viral this week after people criticised it for spreading ineffective and potentially dangerous information.
In a now deleted post, Twitter user @MissBriaJanay shared "natural birth control options" which included using papayas, wild yam, and a plant called pennyroyal, as forms of "natural" birth control. Interestingly, many people pointed out that Pennyroyal can be toxic if ingested.
Naturally the internet reacted strongly to the unusual advice, with some calling it "dangerous" and "potentially fatal".
Love to try a natural birth control that has a possible side effect of *checks notes* death pic.twitter.com/bSxDVOC3nL— Danielle (@dseddon91) June 10, 2019
Hi there are a lot of young ladies that follow me on here—THIS IS DANGEROUS AND POTENTIALLY FATAL. *never* rely on “natural” products/toxins as a method of birth control or abortion. Hate to see this misinformation go viral. pic.twitter.com/xC1Mq0q8hY— Lizz Fizz 🦋 (@lizzfizzswiftie) June 12, 2019
Aside from some of the "options" being potentially harmful if ingested, relying on herbs and seeds to prevent pregnancy seemed to most people like a generally unwise idea.
There’s a word used to describe people who have relied only on those natural birth control options.— Dando Shaft (@lennylaw) June 10, 2019
And that word is “parents”.
The fact that some of yall think it’s a such thing as nAtUrAL birth control is really taking me out. Papaya seeds aint gon stop the sperm & egg from meeting hunni pic.twitter.com/xKgleIHwzW— Black heffa (@alwaysdesi) June 10, 2019
No. No. No. No. The tweet going around of ‘natural’ birth control methods needs to be deleted & stopped. If you want non-hormonal methods of birth control use condoms, get a copper IUD things that have been specifically created & proven to work AND provide you with failure rates.— calilali (@calibournelive) June 11, 2019
Fellas! Here are some natural birth control options. 👇 pic.twitter.com/qEHdEMK0qn— shaadie (شادي) (@shaadieali) June 12, 2019
Ooookay so seeing some tweets about “natural” birth control methods (ie: plants to make teas from) and JFC as a plant person: NO— Hannah A. Brazeau (@HABrazeau) June 11, 2019
Vegan and total natural birth control method, with 0 calories:— Fauli (@fragger911) June 11, 2019
"Drink a glass of water."
"Before or after the sex?"
There is never anything wrong with incorporating natural herbs and remedies into your diet. However, taking care of your sexual and reproductive health shouldn't be left up to chance with seeds and herbs. Seeds and herbs don't prevent sexually transmitted diseases and shouldn't be depended on for pregnancy prevention.
If you're looking for reliable and trustworthy information on what birth control options work best for you, make sure to consult a health care professional. And if you're not sure, remember that condoms are 98-99% effective when used properly and can prevent STIs.