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Spermicide

Using spermicide is a birth control method with a high failure rate. Spermicides are chemicals that kill sperm in the vagina.

They come as creams, films, foams, gels, or suppositories, which you insert deep inside your vagina.

They work by stopping the sperm from moving, so they can’t swim up through the cervix to fertilise an egg.  
Spermicides don’t work very well on their own. They’re usually used to back up another birth control method, like a cap, diaphragm, or condom.

Condoms with spermicide

Spermicide-lubricated condoms contain a chemical called nonoxynol-9. This kills sperm – or at least, it stops them moving.

Some people who use condoms lubricated with spermicide find they cause redness, itching, or irritation. Women are more likely to get side effects from spermicide. It can also make them more likely to get urinary tract infections.

If your only option is to use a lubricated condom or not to use a condom at all, it’s still much safer to use the condom.

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    1. Hi Mary, Some people who use…
      Hi Mary, Some people who use condoms lubricated with spermicide find they cause redness, itching, or irritation. Women are more likely to get side effects from spermicide. It can also make them more likely to get urinary tract infections. Some of the side effects maybe unique to each person.

  1. How easily available are…
    How easily available are these especially the condoms?

    1. Hey, do talk to your health…

      Hey, do talk to your health provider to see where you can get these depending with where you are located.

  2. How do I know my sperm is…
    How do I know my sperm is healthy?

    1. What advise can you give to…
      What advise can you give to us who use the condoms

      1. Hi Njeru,

        Condoms are cool!…

        Hi Njeru,

        Condoms are cool! They are very effective at preventing unwanted pregnancy and STIs when used as per instructions. Also, always ensure that your condoms are not expired since they will not be as effective. You can use flavored condoms for oral sex just to protect yourself from STIs. 

  3. Do these spermicides have an…
    Do these spermicides have an effect on the man? what about long term use for the woman? Last qns, how available and where are they found? #JustCurious

  4. Hi Constance, spermicides…

    Hi Constance, spermicides kills sperm – or at least, stops them from moving toward fertilizing an egg. There are no cited effects to either them man or the woman. Depending on where you are, spermicides maybe available, I suggest your speak to your health care provider to see if they can refer you.  

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