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Lime juice anti-fertilitiy potential

Stay away from the margaritas if you're trying to get pregnant (and it's not just because of the Tequila).

According to a recent study published in the European Journal of Scientific Research, drinking lime juice could prevent a pregnancy — at least in rats.

The Nigerian Tribune reports that in Central Nigeria, it is common for women to use a lemon juice or lime juice solution as a postcoital douche with the belief that it prevents pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases, such as HIV. In addition, drinking lime juice is also used by women in preventing conception.

Now scientists at the University of Lagos have extrapolated findings in rats to humans and suggest that limes do, indeed, have an anti-fertility properties.

The researchers set out to examine the changes of the ovaries and uterus of Sprague-Dawley rats. One group of rats received 1 ml of aqueous lime juice on proestrus day (coming into heat day) while Group 2 rats were administered distilled water (control).

Essentially, the researchers found that in rats, undiluted lime juice alters the rats estrous cycle (this is similar to the menstrual cycle in humans) and partially blocked contraception.

So, it might be a good idea to stay away from the lime juice when you're trying to conceive, and for those of you thinking margaritas might make a good contraceptive, I wouldn't bet on it just yet.

Comments (36)

Had sex like 3 days after my period then i took 3 limes immediately after issit likely i wud get pregnant...

Hi Sarah,

Limes should not serve as a substitute for birth control. If you are concerned about pregnancy, please consult your doctor.


Does lime juice really work to bring down one's menstruation? Is it safe or not? I missed my period by 5 days on a 30 day period of my menstrual cycle. Can i be pregnant?

If u use lime juice and any dry gin drink. Squeeze it and put in a cup and put the dry gin and drink within evening u will see ur period.

Tiffany, I wouldn't rely on lime juice to assist with your periods. It is not reliable. If you are concerned that you are pregnant I highly recommend that you take a pregnancy test and/or consult with your OB/Gyn because he or she can do a more extensive test to conclude whether or not you are pregnant. You can also discuss lime juice with your OB/Gyn. Best of luck.


Celina - the best form of birth control is the birth control pill and condoms if you do not want to get pregnant. A lot of things can affect the flow of our period including stress. If you are concerned I highly recommend that you consult with your OB/Gyn.

Hello, I am not an expert or a doctor, but most citrus fruits, including lemons and limes should be digested within 24 hours. If you have concerns you should contact your doctor. Best wishes, Jenna

Please I took lime after sex to prevent pregnancy and the next day I had bv, can I still get pregnant??

Danielle - the best way to prevent pregnancy is by using modern forms of birth control such as the pill, female condom, male condom, spermicide etc. If you are worried that you may be pregnant and you do not desire to have a child you can consider taking Plan B. You can take Plan B for up to 72 hours. Good luck and best wishes.

Taking ginger water does it reduce weight n does it hv any effect fron conception

My wife was confirmed 3wks pregnant barely 3wks b4 our wedding for another man & she went ahead taking lime without my knowledge & d pregnancy vanished just like dat, i 4gave & married her, its now 7mnths after we got married & no sign of pregnancy, I hv spent alot visiting hospitals & yet all efforts is 2 no avail, could it be caused by d lime she took earlier? pls mail me

Emmanuel - I am not a doctor nor do I have any medical training. However, have never heard of lime causing a miscarriage or affecting a woman's fertility. If you are trying unsuccessfully to conceive I suggest you consult with a fertility specialist to determine what is going on.

We have been 2 hospitals already, they never said what really d problem is, but kept sapping my money, but I hv been recommended earlier 4 semen analysis which I did & was confirmed ok, d only discovery so far is dat they kept discovering infections which obviously is 4rm her mistake bcos I hv never had any contact with any woman all through my life.

Does lime really affect fertily?because everything I have read there has been no positive response,Does it really affect fertility or it improves fertility.

Hi there,

You should definitely consult your doctor if you are concerned about the effects of lime consumption on your fertility.


I have 2 children and want to loose weight will it affect my fertility if i still want to give birth? Pls advise me

I also have 2 children and stil want to have another, i really want to trim down especialy my tummy but i dont knw if d lime juice ll affect my fertility. Smbody shd put us thru. Thanks

Hello - depending on the individual if you are overweight it can affect your fertility. If you are underweight it can affect your fertility. You need to have a regular menstrual cycle in order to conceive. I recommend you consult with your primary care doctor or Gynecologist to discuss a healthy weight!

please I need an answer I have been taking lime juice in a cup of water every morning for years am single will it cause total infertility or will I be able to conceive when I stop taking it

It is true that lime is medicinal but one has to do away from it when trying to conceive

Now i know Everything in this world have advantages and disadvantages. I thought that lime and lemon are the best source to cure all illment

im 23yr ;i was advice 2take lime juice and ginger root

I am 30, have a 11 yr old and a 2 yr old (both boys) I am swaying for a girl for the last 3 ovulation cycles I have been using aci-jel and lime douches that are a pH of 4 ( I use testing strips) I have never had an issue getting pregnant, I firmly believe that either the lime or aci-jel are preventing me from getting pregnant (tear) so this month im not using lime, possibly aci-jel alone or diluted raw apple cider vinegar, I have decided yet. Either way the pH must be a 4,no lower. I'll report my results, but no more lime

The only proven way to have a child of a certain sex is by using PGD with IVF. If you would like more information, please contact one of our Patient Care Advocates at 855-955-2229, or Best, Claire

Does the drinking of lime also reduces fertility in males?

Please am single,and for the past 1week i have been taking lime to reduce weight after reading thsi article am confused.pls should i stop taking lime so it wunt lead to infertility??please reply asap or youcan also send reply to my mailbox..@

You should take a home pregnancy test or consult your doctor for a pregnancy test. All the best, Claire

I had sex wit my boyfrnd about a mnt ago nd av been takin lime water ever since,buh av been havin sum weird symptoms,is it possible dat I might b pregnant?

the best way is to see your doctor for pregnancy test

i researched this..i used lime juice to douche for a week due to bacterial vaginosis. it help with bv but them im having difficulty getting pregnant.i have an 7yr old and until i used limes i knew i could have have son wasnt my only pregnancy.. i used this at least 4 months ago.. i hope it didnt mk me sterile... i would really like to know...

I used lime juice for bv to and now it's been about 2 yrs and I'very had no luck getting pregnant yet.. it scares me because u want to another child..