HOW TO USE SPERMICIDES
What is a Spermicide?
A spermicide is a chemical (Nonoxynol-9) that prevents pregnancy by killing the sperms present in vagina. It comes in multiple forms such as spermicidal foam, contraceptive films, spermicidal jelly, spermicidal creams and gels, inserts and suppositories.
Spermicide is generally used with other contraception products like cervical caps, diaphragm and condom to increase its effectiveness.
It is an every time use solution and if you want a child, simply using the spermicide
Effectiveness: 72-when used alone
How long does it Last: Spermicide is applied deep inside the vagina, 10-15 mins before sex. It generally lasts for 60 minutes after insertion, so if you have sex after 60 minutes of applying spermicide, apply again.
Cost: INR 300 onwards per pack
Where to Buy: Available at Pharmacy and Health centres, can be bought without prescription
STD Protection: No
Safe During Pregnancy: Yes (when used alone)
Allergy to Nonoxynol-9
Vaginal rashes and irritation
Penile irritation in partner
Increased risk of contacting a urinary tract infection or STD
When to Avoid:
Avoid as a contraceptive if you are less than 30 years in age and indulge in sex frequently
If you have an STD
If you have previous history of Urinary Tract Infection
Spermicide can be safely used after childbirth and while breastfeeding if you and your partner do not have an allergy towards it. It also acts as a lubricant during sex.