Spermicides – A Solution When Even A Condom Is Not Suitable

by | Oct 6, 2021 | Sexual Health

Spermicides - a solution when even a condom is not suitable

SPERMICIDES – A SOLUTION WHEN EVEN A CONDOM IS NOT SUITABLE

Different spermicides will be a brilliant solution for women who, for various reasons, should not use other methods of contraception, including condoms.

How spermicides work

Spermicides are sperm neutralizing products available in various forms:

  • Candles.
  • Gels.
  • Effervescent tablets.
  • Tampons.
  • Sponges.
  • Films.
  • Creams.

They contain the active ingredients – most commonly nonoxynol-9, menfegol and benzalkonium fluoride – that slow down the movement of sperm and neutralize them before they enter the uterus.

How to use spermicides properly

Spermicides should be given into the vagina before each intercourse if more than an hour has passed between them. They should be inserted as deep as possible, as close to the cervix as possible.

Creams and gels provide an immediate contraceptive effect, while other products take time to dissolve. They are usually at least 15 minutes before sexual intercourse.

When used correctly, the effectiveness of spermicides is about 72%

Who is spermicide recommended for?

  • For nursing mothers.
  • Women who temporarily cannot use another method of contraception, including condoms, and have sex rarely.

How to increase the effectiveness of spermicides?

The effectiveness of spermicides increases when combined with other methods of contraceptive in the vagina, but many important factors must be considered!

Diaphragm with spermicide

1. The first placement is done by a doctor, but then it is done by the woman herself before sexual intercourse, supplementing it with a spermicide.

2. In the vagina, it covers the cervix and prevents sperm from entering the uterus, in turn, the spermicide neutralizes sperm.

3. We should leave it in the vagina for at least six hours after sexual intercourse, but not longer than 24 hours.

4. When using this method, see your doctor every 6 months.

The efficiency of the method is 98%.

Suitable for women who cannot or do not want to use hormonal contraception.

Uterine sleeve with spermicide

1. The first placement is done by a doctor, but then it is done by the woman herself before sexual intercourse, supplementing it with a spermicide.

2. In the vagina, it covers the cervix and prevents sperm from entering the uterus, in turn, the spermicide neutralizes sperm.

3. We must not leave the sleeve in the vagina for over 48 hours.

4. When using this method, see your doctor every 6 months.

The effectiveness of the method is 91% before childbirth and 74% after it.

Suitable for women who cannot or do not want to use hormonal contraception.

The Bottom Line

We remind you – to choose the most suitable method of contraception for your health, be sure to consult your gynecologist!

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