Fertility regulating agents from traditional Chinese medicines

J Ethnopharmacol. 1986 Jan;15(1):1-44. doi: 10.1016/0378-8741(86)90102-9.


Chinese scientists have capitalized on the rich flora and the ethnomedical experience in China, in their pursuit of fertility regulating agents from natural products. Discoveries range from anti-implantation agents to abortifacient and pregnancy-terminating compounds, as well as a male contraceptive. Chemistry and bioactivity of these compounds and materials are reviewed in this paper, with the hope that further research and collaboration will take place to help solve the problem of population explosion.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abortifacient Agents, Nonsteroidal / pharmacology
  • Contraceptive Agents, Male / pharmacology
  • Embryo Implantation / drug effects
  • Female
  • Fertility Agents / pharmacology*
  • Humans
  • Medicine, Chinese Traditional*
  • Medicine, East Asian Traditional*
  • Plants, Medicinal / analysis
  • Proteins / analysis


  • Abortifacient Agents, Nonsteroidal
  • Contraceptive Agents, Male
  • Fertility Agents
  • Proteins