What's The Relationship Between Uda And Pregnancy?

What's The Relationship Between Uda And Pregnancy?

Mother Nature has an answer for everything, including fertility, pregnancy, and contraceptives.

For everything you might want, there's almost always a natural provision for it. That's why we also have natural contraceptives. It explains why our grandmothers and great-grandmothers didn't have the best medical care; but they were able to have two or three-year gaps between children. Enter negro pepper. You might be more familiar with the name Uda. It's a spice that we use for many local soups. There's a link between uda and pregnancy; and we're about to explain it to you. Have a look below!

Uda and Pregnancy: What Is Negro Pepper?

uda and pregnancy

Throughout history, our people have safely and effectively used a variety of plants for contraception; and this list includes Negro or Ethiopian pepper. Its botanical name is Xylopia Aethiopica, but it's popular as Uda in the Igbo language; or Eeru Alamo in the Yoruba language, or Chimba in the Hausa language.

Uda is a local spice that's popular for flavouring pepper soups and other local dishes. Some of its other names are Negro pepper, African pepper, Guinea pepper, spice tree, and West African pepper; this tree is native to the lowland rain forest and moist fringe forest in Africa. Uda is common in West, Central, and Southern Africa. According to experts, this spice is rich in Vitamin A, B1, B2, C, E, and folic acid.

The spice is also well known for its medicinal use. Locally, people use uda to treat stomach ailments, menstrual disorders, and naso-pharyngeal infections. While most people are yet to find out the benefits of uda as a contraceptive, those who do argue as to its efficacy. Some women swear by it, and some others are doubtful. But what we can all agree on is that the spice is inexpensive and very affordable.

The Negro pepper contains Diterpenic and Xylopic acid, copper, manganese, and zinc, amongst others. It also consists of mono sesquirter peniods; with typical constituents like A (alpha) and B (beta) Pinene, myrene, P-cumene, limonene, to mention but few. If you're curious as to what these are, have your doctor explain them to you.

Uda and Pregnancy: How To Prepare Uda Water For Contraception

uda and pregnancy

Uda water is easy to prepare. With a reasonable quantity of the uda seed, the contraceptive is almost ready.

  •  Buy uda from the local market in large quantities. About half a derica cup is fine. Put it in a pot.
  • Blend the seeds of the uda spice.
  • Add about 60cl of water. That's about the quantity of a plastic bottle of drinking water.
  • Bring the pot with the uda to a boil for 5 minutes, and then let it cool.
  • After it has cooled, you can store the water in a bottle for up to a month in the fridge.

Make sure you don't put it in the freezer so that the active ingredient stays stable; although it is more effective when not stored for too long.

Immediately after you have had sex with your partner, give the bottle a good shake and then pour yourself a glass. One glass should do the trick.

Other Herbal Contraceptives That Might Interest You


Advocates of natural healing suggest that herbs can be effective at preventing pregnancy. Some believe that these herbs are preferable to chemical-based agents, synthetic hormones, and other popular methods of birth control.

  • Stoneseed root: Native Americans, such as the Dakotas and the Shoshone, would drink a cold infusion and inhale the smoke of stoneseed root to induce permanent sterility.
  • Thistle: Native Americans such as the Quinault drank a hot tea made with thistle to cause infertility.
  • Wild carrot seed: Women in certain parts of India eat a teaspoon of wild carrot seed immediately after sexual intercourse. They then follow up with a teaspoon a day for the next 7 days to prevent implantation and conception. It may also act as an abortive.
  • Ginger root Natural healers suggest drinking 4 cups of ginger tea per day for no more than 5 days to initiate menstruation. You can also mix 1 teaspoon of powdered ginger in 6 ounces of boiling water and consume while hot.

Please note that as far as we know, none of these herbs and spices have undergone formal medical testing and approval from the Food And Drug Agency. If you must try them, speak with a medical expert first. This article is intended for informational purposes only, and not as a substitute for professional medical advice.

Buzznigeria Healthline

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