- What other names is Cotton known by?
- What is Cotton?
- How does Cotton work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Cotton.
Cotton is used for nausea, fever, headache, diarrhea, dysentery, nerve pain, and bleeding.
Women use cotton for menstrual disorders and symptoms of menopause. They also use it to bring on labor and childbirth, as well as to expel the afterbirth. Some women use cotton to improve breast milk production.
Despite safety concerns, men sometimes use cotton for birth control. Cotton is also included in some birth control products that are applied vaginally.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Malaria. Early research suggests that taking a specific preparation (AM-1) containing cotton, Barbados nut, angular winter cherry, and Royal Poinciana by mouth for up to 7 days helps eliminate malaria parasites in people with malaria.
- Menstrual disorders.
- Menopausal symptoms.
- Bringing on labor and childbirth.
- Male birth control.
- Other conditions.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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However, men using cotton for birth control should understand that it might cause irreversible sterility.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's LIKELY UNSAFE to use cotton if you are pregnant. It might cause the uterus to contract, and this might cause a miscarriage.
Not enough is known about the safety of using cotton during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Kidney problems: Don't use cotton if you have a kidney condition.
Reproductive system condition: Don't use cotton if you have a problem with your reproductive system.
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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011