Background: In recent years, rapid population growth and unsafe abortions
have emerged as controversial health issues in some countries. Hence, safe and
effective contraceptive methods or agents have attracted a great deal of attention and
the corresponding market has been widely expanded.
Objective: In this study, we present a review profiting from Iranian Traditional
Medicine (ITM) to introduce expedient plants as efficient contraceptive agents.
Methods: Medicinal plants suggested as contraceptive agents were obtained from
ITM text books and they were also investigated using search engines to confirm their
in vitro and in vivo efficacy.
Results: According to credible Iranian medical literature a wide spectrum of plants possesses contraceptive
activity and among them, Ruta graveolens, Ricinus communis, Piper nigrum, and Physalis alkekengi
were found to be more efficient.
Conclusion: Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), particularly herbal remedies have received
a lot of attention because of their truly healing properties. Focusing on ITM knowledge, there are
various comments based on medicinal plants to reduce unsafe abortions leading to better public health
in the society.