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Neem Oil: A Natural Contraceptive

If there is one thing we all like natural it’s sex. The less incumbents the more enjoyable, but we tend to think that we have no choice but to rely on big pharma for our contraceptive needs,  when in fact nature has at least one plant solution for every one of our needs. Indigenous peoples in Africa and India have known and applied neem oil as a contraceptive for over a millennia. If that isn’t enough, modern science has also tested and proven the efficacy of neem oil as a contraceptive.

That said, this option is really for mature adults in a long-term relationship. Application requires a bit of planning that should be discussed in advance of the act. Although the majority of the responsibility falls on the woman to apply, both parties need to be aware of the window-of-opportunity so you can both act accordingly.


A 1985 study [1] has shown that neem is a powerful spermicidal agent. Amazingly, human sperms become completely immobile within 30 seconds of contact with neem oil, thus when neem oil was applied inside the vagina, before sexual intercourse, it successfully averts pregnancy.

“Both neem paste and neem oil can be used as effective deterrents of pregnancy. They have to be applied locally on the vagina” says Dr Neelam, a professor at Department of Prasuti Tantra, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. When asked if there were any risks involved, Dr Neelam said, “None. If anything, it is beneficial for the vagina since it prevents infections of any type.”

Furthermore, even after extensive use of neem oil as a contraceptive, fertility is NOT adversely affected, rather women can conceive without any complications once treatment discontinues. Regular usage of neem oil is a cheap, natural and an effective method to prevent pregnancy. Neem oil causes no irritation or discomfort as chemical-based spermicidal foams do, rather it doubles as a lubricant and even offers an added degree of protection from sexually transmitted diseases.  The only draw back is the pungent scent that is neem oil’s signature.

How Neem Oil Works

Application is pretty straightforward. Simply soak a cotton ball in neem oil and insert that cotton ball into the vagina. Remove cotton ball after 2 minutes and dispose. From that point the neem oil will serve as a spermicide for up to 4 hours.

Side Effects of Neem Oil

There are no side effects to using neem oil. In fact, it also helps to prevent STDs. The only draw-back is that neem oil gives off a pungent scent that takes some getting used to.. When combined with normal body juices, the effect is a pleasant funk that dissipates before it can be a distraction.

Neem As A Male Contraceptive

Don’t get too excited, because although effective, there aren’t many men you can count on to due the due diligence required.

Another study conducted on the subject in 1983 showed that neem could be just as effective if taken orally. According to the test, mice, rats, rabbits and guinea pigs were fed an extract of fresh green neem leaves (a bitter tonic). There was a 66.7 percent reduction in fertility after six weeks, 80 percent reduction after nine weeks and 100 percent after 11 weeks! The method is absolutely safe as it didn’t affect sperm production in the animals tested, nor did it affect the sexual performance or libido. They regained their fertility in 4-6 weeks after the treatment was stopped.

Multi-Purpose Neem Oil

Neem oil is really remarkable considering all the ways it can be effectively used. Here are a few applications where neem oil stands alone:

  1. Organic pesticide- If you have a garden and you need to get rid of the pests eating at your produce, you can apply neem oil to water (1:10) and spray on your plants. It will retard the ability of the pest to reproduce, eventually eliminating them from your garden.
  2. Mosquito repellant- The aroma and taste of neem oil drive away mosquitoes, giving you the relief you need.
  3. Fungal infections- Skin related diseases such as eczema, ringworm, and psoriasis are born of a fungi. Regular application of neem oil gets rid of fungal infections. A good compliment for this treatment is our tea tree black soap body wash.
  4. Dandruff relief- The scales that cause dandruff are easily treated by applying neem oil to the area for 7 days. Prior to applying it is suggested that you wash your hair with peppermint black soap body wash and once you’ve completed the 7 days, wash it again. Once treatment is done a weekly wash and application of neem oil will keep dandruff at bay.

Ghana is well endowed with neem trees, thus we’re able to provide a pure, undiluted version of the neem oil for your application. Get yours here.


  3. Sinna, K. C. & Riai, S. S. (1985). Neem Oil: An Ideal Contraceptive. Biological Memoirs, 10 (1), 2.
  4. Upadhyay, S. N., Kaushic, C, & Talwar, G. P. (1990). Antifertility effects of neem oil by single intrauterine administration: A Novel Method For Contraception. Proceeding of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, 242(1305), 175-179
  5. Sadre, N. L. V. Y., Deshpande, K. N., & Mendulkar, D. H. Nandal. 1984. Male Antifertility Activity of Neem Oil. 473-482

31 thoughts on “Neem Oil: A Natural Contraceptive

  1. Roxanne says:

    One if the statements made in this page of information is kind of alarming. Neem oil can cause skin irritations as well as eye irritation.

    1. Which statement alarms you? I also know of no skin or eye irritation caused by neem oil. Why don’t you educate us.

  2. jamie says:

    can you take it after and it still be effective in preventing pregnancy

    1. Wouldn’t that be nice… But NO! That is not how this works. The neem oil must be what greets the sperm upon entrance in order to neutralize it.

    2. Lisa says:

      They say insert vaginaly immediately after sex for best results. In this article it says we can use cotton balls, a holistic practitioner suggested insinuating with a applicator just the oil itself

      1. Inserting after is like calling the police after there’s been a shoot out in the club… doesn’t work like that. Gotta have security at the entrance!

  3. Steph says:

    I have a few questions:
    Could someone tell me the oil quantity (milliliters) that should be inserted for it to be effective?
    The article says to use a cotton ball soak in neem. It is of course hard to know how soak it should be and how far it should be inserted.
    Could you add more details?
    A commenter stated that the oil could be applied using an applicator. Could you please tell me the quantity that the practitioner has recommended?

    Lastly, anybody who could actually confirm that it works 🙂


    1. All very good questions.
      Allow me to preface with the fact that I am not a practitioner of any sort. I’m not a Healer nor am I even a doctor. My interest in neem oil as a contraceptive came from being told of its properties as such by a few elder patrons, usually while we were out vending. For the most part I took it as folklore, but then I decided to dive a little deeper and learned that it had been scientifically proven that neem oil is a spermicide. At that point I researched more and compiled what I learned into the above article. So to answer your last question first, if the elders say it works and science has confirmed it, it is safe to say it works.
      As for the quantity, my answer is based upon how I used it and how I overstand the information I read.
      In the article I suggest using a soaked cotton ball, which will generally transmit no more than 1 ml. I also read that 1 ml was applied to a cather and used for 5 months to prevent pregnancy in a monkey. So it’s safe to say, a drop to 1 ml is adequate. I can also assure you that there are no side effects to it. If you double the amount you will not be irritated in any way, aside from the stronger scent of the oil.
      An alternative way of inserting the oil is to use a small syringe.
      As for depth, you should insert it into the initial canal of the vagina, but no further than the cervix.
      I trust your questions were answered. If anyone else has had experience, please share…

      1. Steph says:

        Thanks a lot. You have answered my questions 🙂

  4. Erin says:

    What type of neem oil is best (aside from organic of course)? Virginia? Cold pressed? Seeing as how this will be used internally it must be high grade. What do you recommend?

    1. Currently, the production of most neem oil is in the hands of local farmers, thus mostly cold pressed, since the oil content in the kernel is so high (50%). Thus, it is safe to say that if you’re getting neem oil produced in a place like Ghana, or India, you’re likely to get a very high grade of neem oil. The problem begins when the multi-nationals catch on and start mass-producing and likely extracting properties, whilst inputting additives detrimental to our health. In short, I wouldn’t purchase any neem oil Made in the USA.

  5. Natalie says:

    Hi ,

    Thank you for your awesome article and extensive research nature really does have an answer for everything! I would love to purchase your oil, however I’m in the UK and would like to avoid the £16 delivery charge, would you consider putting your shop on Amazon?

    Many Thanks

    1. Greetings Natalie,
      I overstand your concern, DHL Express can be a bit costly. However Amazon sets certain requirements that make it VERY difficult for a small business based in Ghana to benefit from their platform. We tried and almost lost our shirt in the process. As we grow we will re-attempt to create a presence there and supply Amazon. Nonetheless, thanks for your input.

  6. Ibrahim says:


    Excellent article. My question: does it have to be applied everyone, before intercourse? Or does its effectiveness span a longer period

    1. I’m not sure I overstand your question, but once inserted into the vagina it is effective for up to 4 hours.

  7. Ntethelelo says:

    Thank you for such an alarming & admirable knowledge you’ve shared with us… I have one question and I believe I’m not off the subject….. A few weeks ago I’ve been taking neem powder orally obvious. But my aim was to detox my body from possible toxins as a human being I’m exposed to. My concern is that, is it possible that I automatically in the same condition as those who applied the drops on their vaginas? I’m panicking since my husband and I were planning to expand our little family. I’m afraid I’ll find it hard to conceive and that’s the last thing we need. Thank you 🙏

    1. Greetings Ntethelelo… I’m revisiting your question with updated finds: Taking neem oil or leaves orally reduces fertility in men by neutralizing the sperm. Neem’s properties as a contraceptive is directly related to neutralizing sperm. If a woman takes it orally, it does not reduce her capacity for fertility. Its presence in her body must be in the vaginal canal, where it can neutralize the sperm.

    2. Kee Mac says:

      Does neem oil inserted vaginally leave a smell? The last thing I need is for my v to have such a pungent smell like neem. I love it but my goodness it’s unpleasant smelling.

      1. A funk is definitely associated with neem oil, but is comparable to the funk that comes from sex. It’s present, but it isn’t a turn off and it doesn’t stay, it washes away like any body odor.

  8. Courtney M says:

    Thank you for the information Ras! I would like to confirm that I have actively been using Neem oil as a contraceptive for the last 3 years and it works!!! I am so thankful that you are spreading the word on this natural and effective alternative. When I attempted to research this back in 2020 the information was limited and buried [by design I’m sure ;)] I have not experienced any issues whatsoever using the neem oil, and I use it immediately after sex; I also inject it using a plastic syringe. I would also like to add, that the ONE time I didn’t use the neem oil while I was ovulating, I became pregnant. So no, it did not affect my fertility. I’ve told everyone I know that’s uses regular birth control to make the change. Be safe ladies!!

    1. Thank you, I appreciate your testimony… I am a bit surprised to hear that you use it after sex vs. before. I suggest the other way around, but clearly it’s working for you. Thanks again for sharing…

  9. Curious says:

    I’d love to hear more about using Neem orally as a contraceptive. Would orally taking 1 ml daily be enough? Can taking it orally work as a contraceptive for women as well, or only for men? Is there anything out there in pill form that can be taken orally to avoid the smell/taste?

    Thanks for all the input and it’s encouraging to read that other users have tried and used this effectively!
    I have been looking for real life testimonials for a while to see who has made it work and how.

    1. Taking neem oil or leaves orally reduces fertility in men by neutralizing the sperm. Neem’s properties as a contraceptive is directly related to neutralizing sperm. If a woman takes it orally, it does not reduce her capacity for fertility. Its presence in her body must be in the vaginal canal, where it can neutralize the sperm.

  10. Suri says:

    Do I need to mix neem oil with coconut oil and then insert in my vagina or direct neem oil will be safe ?

    1. Pure neem oil is the best. I would not dilute it at all. It is absolutely safe.

  11. Courtney says:

    Hi, say one inserted 5 ml in a fit of fear several hours after implantation, do you think it could do any damage to the undeveloped Fetus?
    Before anyone comes at me protection was used but failed.

    1. Please note, neem oil is effective against the sperm oil. It will not negatively affect a fetus.

  12. Courtney says:

    Edit* to my comment. Not implantation, conception*

  13. Babu says:

    Can the neem oil work as contraceptive 4 days after sex?

  14. Ryan says:

    What is the recommended dose for males to ingest orally for contraceptive aid?

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