Spermicides are chemical contraceptives in various forms: jellies, creams, sponges, foams, suppositories, films, and vaginal tablets. They block the entrance to your uterus and destroy any spermatozoa that try to get in. To be effective, spermicides need to be used along with another contraceptive, such as a condom.
How do I use them?
Start by reading the instruction booklet inside the box since the directions are different for every kind of spermicide. The spermicide has to be placed deep inside your vagina, near the cervix, before penetration occurs. You need to apply spermicide again before every new penetration, except in the case of the spermicidal sponge.
- Spermicides are sold in drugstores without prescription.
- Some spermicides, such as creams, foams, and suppositories, are easy to use. Others, such as sponges or film, have more complicated handling instructions.
- Some spermicides have lubricating effects.
- Spermicides don’t protect against BBSTIs.
- They can cause irritation or allergies.
- Used alone, they aren’t effective enough as contraceptives. They need to be combined with another method, such as a condom.
- You might need to pause during sexual activity since most spermicides need to be applied shortly before penetration.
- They can be messy and taste unpleasant. They also have a tendency to leak out of your vagina.
- A box costs about $9 to $21, depending on what kind you choose.
- You need to avoid showering, bathing, or swimming for 6 to 8 hours after having sex.
Aucune forme de spermicide n’est mieux qu’une autre, tu peux choisir celui que tu préfères. Le plus important est que tu te sentes à l’aise. N’hésite pas à faire différents tests pour voir lequel te convient le mieux, et appelle-nous si tu as des questions!