Spermicides help prevent pregnancy by killing sperm before they can enter the uterus. They come in many forms, including foam, jelly, film, and suppository-like inserts. These can be bought in drugstores without a prescription.
Talk to your healthcare provider about the effectiveness of this birth control method.
For best protection against pregnancy, use spermicides with a barrier method (condom, diaphragm, or cervical cap).
Apply before there is any contact between the penis and vagina.
Check the package for instructions on how to apply.
Reapply each time you have sex.
Don't douche or use tampons for 6 to 8 hours after using a spermicide.
Easy to get
No prescription needed
Either partner can apply them, so responsibility can be shared
Come in many forms
Easy to stop if you decide you want to become pregnant
High pregnancy rate when used alone
Provides little protection against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
Can interrupt sex
May cause minor irritation of the skin or vagina
May taste bad
Spermicides may not be for you if:
You are not also using a barrier method
You are allergic to spermicides
You're not willing to interrupt lovemaking to apply them
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