IN SHORT: Okra is nutritious and has other health benefits. But there’s no proof that it “boosts” ovulation, a natural once-a-month process where a single mature egg is released from a woman’s ovary.
Messages circulating on Facebook in Nigeria claim that drinking water that has had chopped up bits of okra added to it – what some versions call “okra water” – will “boost” women’s ovulation, and so help them get pregnant.
A typical version of the claim reads: “Hi ladies , I came across this .....and I was told it helps boost ovulation in women who is trying to get pregnant when you drink it.”
Understanding ovulation and getting pregnant
Ovulation is when a mature egg is released from a woman’s ovary. It happens about once a month.
From here, a single sperm may fertilise the mature egg.
But can okra dropped in water really increase women’s chances of producing that single mature egg each month?
See a gynaecologist instead
He told Africa Check there’s “no scientific evidence to back up the claim”.
Dim said okra had nothing to do with ovulation. He added that people who struggled to fall pregnant should rather see a gynaecologist.
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