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
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.
comes in many different forms. Be sure to read the instructions that come with
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:
May 30, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Rebecca Sue Uranga, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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