Spermicide is used to prevent pregnancy. It kills sperm or stops sperm from moving. For it to work well, you must use spermicide each time you have sexual intercourse.
Spermicide comes in creams, film, foams, gels, and suppositories. You insert the spermicide into your vagina. Spermicide can be used alone but it is usually used with a barrier method of birth control, such as a male condom.
Spermicide used alone does not protect you very well. But even if you use it on its own, it is still better than not using any birth control.
In the first year of use:
Be sure to tell your doctor about any health problems you have or medicines you take. He or she can help you choose the birth control method that is right for you.
Spermicide comes in many different forms. Be sure to read the instructions that come with it.
NOTE: If you think you used spermicide incorrectly, you can use emergency contraception. One example is the morning-after pill (Plan B). You can use emergency contraception for up to 5 days after you had sex. But it works best if you take it right away.
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Current as of: March 16, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Rebecca Sue Uranga, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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