What will neem do to a fetus?

My boyfriend and I have been taking neem leaf and bark since October to use as a birth control. Well, I didn't start my period this weekend, so I heard that if you take 3 neem leaf capsules, 3 times a day, you will start your period. I haven't started, and I decided to take a pregnancy test today, and I'm pregnant!

Now, here is where my question is. Since the neem did not cause me to start my period, what effects could neem have had on the baby? Is it possible that it could be damaging the fetus, or causing birth defects? I'm going to call my gynecologist tomorrow, but I just wanted to ask a neem expert because I have a feeling my gyneocologist won't know much about neem.

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Neem and contraception
by: Birgit

The research that has been done about neem and contraception is referenced on the neem and birth control page.

There are no studies whatsoever that look at what internal use of neem does in humans regarding pregnancy. There are no studies that look at the effects of raw leaf or bark.

Experiments with internal use of neem leaf were done in small laboratory animals, using neem extracts.

I said repeatedly on the site (when answering other questions) that there is zero reason to assume that taking neem would prevent a pregnancy. I warn against self experiments. To take neem for birth control is ridiculous. Sorry, but it is. It's ineffective. Depending what you use and how it can even be dangerous.

I don't know where you read all that nonsense, but nonsense it is.

The warnings about internal use of any neem products during pregnancy or when trying to conceive are a sensible precaution. We don't know for sure what effect neem may have and we know that high extract doses in animals can prevent or interfere with a pregnancy. (We also know that high extract doses can kill some animals.)

Raw neem leaf and bark are not toxic. They stimulate the immune system. An overstimulation MAY make the implantation of a fetus less likely, that's what researchers suspect is how neem works. I doubt a strong immune system could harm a fetus, but I am not a doctor.

No "neem expert" can give you answers to questions that have not been researched. I'm glad you are seeing a doctor.

Thanks for asking the question. I hope it serves as a warning for others.

Neem powder for pet and pregnancy
by: Anonymous

I was told by a veternarian that I could use neem and yucca powder to prevent lice, fleas and ticks on my dog by rubbing it on his fur once a week. She knew I was pregnant and said it was okay, then I came home and researched info on the web and sites are pointing to the fact that it isn't safe and could kill the fetus. Should I be concerned?

External neem use during pregnancy
by: Birgit

Rubbing neem powder in a dog's coat could kill a human fetus? I'd be curious to know where you read that.
There is a lot of misinformation about neem out there, but I have not come across that claim yet.

To answer the question, if you have not read my answer to the above question yet, start reading there. INTERNAL use of HIGH DOSES of neem, or rather neem extracts, may interfere with a pregnancy in humans. We just don't know for sure. All we know is what happens in small laboratory animals that are treated with large doses of neem leaf extract or neem oil.

Please read this site for more information.
This has been covered.

The recommendation is to not use neem INTERNALLY when pregnant or trying to conceive.

However, current research and experience from thousands of years of using neem indicate that there is no reason whatsoever to worry about EXTERNAL use.

You can start reading here:
Neem in hair during pregnancy

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or veterinarian. I have no training in medicine. (I am a biochemist.) I do not give medical advice. I share research information that is publicly available as well as my own experiences, thoughts, and those of my readers.
Products and information mentioned on my site have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not meant to diagnose, cure, mitigate or prevent any disease. If you have a health condition see your physician.


Small Study done on HUMANS using NEEM for Birth Control
by: Anonymous

http://www.sisterzeus.com/neem.html

Maybe you just didn't use the product properly?

Effects of neem on foetus
by: Anonymous

Although neem acts as spermicidal, it does not harm foetus.

Neem Pregnancy
by: Anonymous

I am an Indian living by the neem trees. First, it is very tough to ingest neem in high amounts as it is very bitter unless you take some capsules.

It has no relation with birth control. No idea if it is a spermicidal. I think only some fertility centers can try that on the fresh semen samples.

In Ayurveda and India we have a general rule. Too much of anything; emotion or medicine, anything is bad.

It applies here too :)

Works
by: Anonymous

It works to prevent preg with injections in both sexes. It stinks, but works spermicidally 'in' the vagina. It has been used to cause early miscarriages so if that is necessary, decide in three weeks, then seriously 'overdo' the neem with the woman, any way you can, til the womb's immune defense is strong enough to get rid of the 'cancer' reaction.

neem leaf tea
by: Anonymous

I stated drinking neem leaf tea a couple weeks ago and I missed my period. I think I might b pregnant

neem
by: Anonymous

Is it possible to get more fertile after taking neem if it seems to remove all bad toxins and then makes your body more effective to conceive.

Fact is human studies have been done on both men & women...
by: Anonymous

In fact studies on men & women have been done & worked. You can look this up online the tests done by the Indian Army. Its possible a natural neem alternative birth control has not been studied further & marketed just like they wont admit cancer can be cured by mother earth... all because the greed of how much money is made from your treatments is more important then human health. They would prefer to profit more from their own man made brand/ version then to admit nature has all we need for allot cheaper.

2 months pregnant and still taking neem pills
by: Anonymous

I was taking neem pills and still get pregnant. I am about 2 moths pregnant and I was still taking neem pills. Should I stop taking the pills. I am afraid cause I feel I might already have birth defects. Help me please.

bv
by: Anonymous

Can neem capsules help bv?

I got pregnant NEW
by: Anonymous

I was told by my sister that neem can clean your womb and can prevent you from getting pregnant but after I took for about 3 time a day for 3 days my period came it took more that the usual the next mouth didnt come only to find out I was pregnant

I am asking a question NEW
by: Shaquasa

Hi I want to know if I have to stop using neem when my period start r if I can continue taking it as normal I steap the leaves nd drink the water I use it to clean my skin because I hsvr an allergic reaction nd no matter what medication I get it still comes back so someone tell me try drinking the neem

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