How To Prevent Pregnancy with UDA Water (Negro Pepper)

Before the arrival of colonial masters in Nigeria, and the use of modern contraceptive methods like hormones, condoms, IUCD, hysterectomy etc. women used natural methods of contraception like uda water.

Now such natural methods are gradually becoming more popular again in Nigeria as women are beginning to realise that some of the modern methods of contraception have side effects.

Hormone-based birth control often comes with side effects that can range from weight gain, depression, infertility to the increased risk of certain types of cancers, heart attack or stroke.

Throughout history, a variety of plants have been used safely and effectively for contraception and some of these include, Negro or Ethiopian pepper (Botanical Name-Xylopia Aethiopica) also known as Uda in the Igbo language or Eeru alamo in the Yoruba language or Chimba in the Hausa language.

 According to our very own Madame Joyce Tochukwu, the Negro pepper tree is an evergreen,aromatic tree which can grow up to 20m high rate with peppery fruit.

It is native of the low land rainforest and moist fringe forest in the savanna zones of Africa, largely located in a West, Central and Southern Africa and also in the dry country sides.

The key constituents in Negro pepper/UDA are Diterpenic and Xylopicacid, copper, manganese and zinc.

It also consists of mono & sesquirter peniods with typical constituents like &-(alpha) and B (beta) Pinene, myrene, P-cumene, limonene, to mention but few (people in the medical field will understand these components  better).

The nature,variety and chemical constituents of these spices have made their use SIGNIFICANT i.e. UDA spices have a strong taste of aroma which make them useful. This spice can be found in ‘Suya Pepper’.

Here on Mamalette.com our very own Madame Joyce Tochukwu who did a dissertation while at university on this very subject frequently explains what this spice is and how it can be used to prevent pregnancy.

According to Madame Tochukwu,

“The issue of unwanted pregnancy among nursing mothers in Nigeria is quite alarming. While most mothers aim to space their kids many don’t quite achieve their aim. As an ardent reader and participant on the Mamalette.com forum, I have decided to assist other mothers by informing them on how to effectively use a natural method of contraceptive called UDA water.”

“You should note that unlike hormonal contraceptives, there are no side effects to using UDA water to prevent pregnancies.”

“It is also safe for women who are breastfeeding infants, in fact UDA water contains vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E and folic acid.

How do you prepare UDA water?

Step 1: Purchase a large quantity of UDA and put this in a pot e.g. 250 grams which should be about half the size of a tin of Milo.

Step 2: Add about 60cl of water e.g. a bottle of Nestle water

Step 3: Boil the UDA in this water for 5 minutes and allow it to cool.

Step 4: Once the boiled UDA water has cooled down you can store it into a container of your choice e.g. you can use your plastic bottle and place it in a refrigerator.

UDA water can be preserved in a refrigerator for one month at 25 degrees centigrade i.e. normal storage compartment in the refrigerator.

Do not put in the freezer so that the active ingredient will be stable although is more active when is not stored for too long.

Step 5: Immediately after sexual intercourse with your husband, shake the bottle very well and pour the UDA water into a glass. A glass of this contraceptive water should be just fine. Some women also prefer to take this before sex(this is because some spermatozoa are stubborn).

Madame Joyce Tochukwu carried out research on the effective use of Negro pepper as a contraceptive in August 2003.

For any more questions, Madame Tochukwu can be reached at [email protected]

You can also ask her questions on the Mamalette Facebook page.

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Scientists have revealed the perfect age for parents to start a family and why, and this might come as a surprise to many.To have the best chance of having just one child naturally, couples should start trying to conceive when the female is aged under 32. But for those yearning for two children, the woman should be about 27.

And to have three children, the new research indicates that women should only wait until they are 23 to start trying to become pregnant.

The researchers, from Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands, said the latest female age that a couple should start trying to become pregnant depended on the importance of achieving their desired family size and their views on IVF.

If couples would consider IVF, those wanting a one-child family could wait until the woman was 35, but 31 was the cap for two children and 28 for three children.

While the results may come as a surprise to many young couples, it may also be reassuring for those aiming for a smaller family.

“For couples who are content with one child and do not wish a very high chance of success: they can start at age 37 for a 75 per cent (chance of success) and 41 years for a 50 per cent success chance,” lead researcher Professor Dik Habbema wrote in the journal Human Reproduction.

The ages were based on a model that combined fertility and IVF success rates for 10,000 couples and assumed the gap between babies was 15 months.

He wrote that many young people were “too optimistic” about their chance of conceiving after 35 and “miracle stories in the media” inflated the success of IVF.

“When there is so much information out there about celebrities having babies in their 40s, when the chances of success are so low (unless they use donor eggs), it creates unrealistic expectations,” Louise Johnson Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority CEO said.

“IVF does not provide a silver bullet for age-related infertility.”

It has partnered with Family Planning Victoria to design a fertility education guide for primary and secondary teachers.

“Children need to know about this technology and how it is used to create families,” Ms Johnson said.

A Melbourne mother of three children Alix Blackshaw is only 28, but she has already completed her family.

The registered nurse said both her and her husband, Dwain, were from big families and knew they wanted to have at least three children

“It’s all about personal preference, but it was my intention to have them all before the age of 30 and with a close age gap,” she said.

The benefits are that she will only be in her mid 30s when all her children start school, but it has also meant she has not been able to go travelling.


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