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Offline panmamma

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papaya may lead to infertility?
« on: April 05, 2007, 07:24:28 AM »
ok, I know that sounds crazy, but google it.....but my question is......how much would one have to take?
My ob/gyn here said he had a friend whose wife was from the phillippines. She was having a terribel time getting preggo with #2 and had a few miscarriages as well. My dr told her to stop her  daily intake of papaya as the enzymes weaken or do something to keep one from getting pregnant anyway. She did and sure enough she got pregnant.
now, oh wise women in welltellmeland.......opinions? I ask cause I have started having papaya in my smoothie in the AM, not alot mind you, but have decided not every day. We want to try for #4 next month..at least start......... ;D
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Re: papaya may lead to infertility?
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2007, 09:05:26 AM »
I have not ever heard that before. My question is how much was the lady taking? I just can't see someone not getting prego from a little papaya.... interesting.

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Re: papaya may lead to infertility?
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2007, 10:12:13 AM »
i read about this somewhere...i thought it was the guy though...i would be interested in natural birthcontrol papaya info...i will see what i can find

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Re: papaya may lead to infertility?
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2007, 10:30:13 AM »
Yes, papaya does affect fertility and DOES cause miscarriage.  Hawaiians have used it traditionally to induce abortions.  Not sure how much, but mostly unripe and/or the seeds- which are used in differenht ways but daily/common meals in Hawaii and the Phillipines.  I too am pregnant and eat fresh papaya, ripe, but not in abundance and not daily.  I haven't had any ill effects that I know of.  I will be increasing it more at the end to help get things going if need be.

Side note, it is also high in latex content- so be careful handling/eating if you are sensitive. :)

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Re: papaya may lead to infertility?
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2007, 11:06:09 AM »
Wow, I had never heard of that before.  I ate so much papaya when I was prego with my first son.  He is still alive!

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Re: papaya may lead to infertility?
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2007, 11:23:32 AM »
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Women in Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka and other parts of the world have long used papaya as a folk remedy for contraception and abortion. Medical research in animals has confirmed the contraceptive and abortifacient capability of papaya, and also found that papaya seeds have contraceptive effects in adult male langur monkeys, possibly in adult male humans as well.  Unripe papaya is especially effective, in large amounts or high doses. Papaya is not teratogenic and will not cause miscarriage in small, ripe amounts. Phytochemicals in papaya may suppress the effects of progesterone.


I found this on Wikipedia.  I also read the same thing at other sites.  Seeing that it suppresses the effects of progesterone would make sense as to why women wouldn't get pregnant.  It would appear that it would make the lining of the uterus unable to handle a fertilized egg.  I am thinking that once the egg is implanted it would be ok. 
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Re: papaya may lead to infertility?
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2007, 12:08:25 PM »
  I too am pregnant and eat fresh papaya, ripe, but not in abundance and not daily.  I haven't had any ill effects that I know of.  I will be increasing it more at the end to help get things going if need be.

Great idea.  And I bet it tastes better than castor oil!   ;)
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Re: papaya may lead to infertility?
« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2007, 03:56:06 PM »
so then it's the seeds or unripe papaya? hmmmmmm!! interesting, very interesting..........so eating my ripened papaya in my smoothie won't cause any difficulties then.....
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Re: papaya may lead to infertility?
« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2007, 03:58:12 PM »
I have not ever heard that before. My question is how much was the lady taking? I just can't see someone not getting prego from a little papaya.... interesting.

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