Antifertility profile of the aqueous extract of Moringa oleifera roots

J Ethnopharmacol. 1988 Jan;22(1):51-62. doi: 10.1016/0378-8741(88)90230-9.


An aqueous extract of Moringa oleifera roots was investigated for its estrogenic, anti-estrogenic, progestational and antiprogestational activities. Oral administration of extract progressively increased the uterine wet weight of bilaterally ovariectomized rats. This estrogenic activity was supported by stimulation of uterine histo-architecture. When the extract was given conjointly with estradiol dipropionate (EDP), there was a successive reduction in the uterine wet weight when compared to the gain with EDP alone and uterine histological structures were also inhibited. In the deciduoma test, the highest dose of 600 mg/kg interfered with the formation of deciduoma in 50% of the rats, showing some antiprogestational activity. Doses up to 600 mg/kg of the extract orally failed to induce a decidual response in the traumatized uterus of ovariectomized rats. The antifertility effect of the extract appears to be due to multiple attributes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Contraceptive Agents*
  • Estrogen Antagonists
  • Estrogens / blood
  • Female
  • Male
  • Ovariectomy
  • Plant Extracts / pharmacology*
  • Progestins / blood
  • Rats
  • Uterus / anatomy & histology
  • Uterus / drug effects


  • Contraceptive Agents
  • Estrogen Antagonists
  • Estrogens
  • Plant Extracts
  • Progestins