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What are Spermicides?

Click here to learn how effective spermicides are as a contraceptive and how they prevent pregnancy

Spermicides are an over-the-counter form of birth control that you put in your vagina before sex, containing chemicals that stop sperm from reaching an egg. It comes in multiple forms including condoms, gels, films, foams, and creams. It's important that you should always read the instructions on the proper use of your spermicide of choice as different types of spermicides require different steps and timings.

Spermicide prevents pregnancy first, by blocking the entrance to the cervix so that sperm cannot get to the egg and second, by stopping sperm from moving well enough to swim to the egg.

With the typical use of spermicides alone, 28 out of 100, or 28%, of women experience an unwanted pregnancy within the first year of use. It's important to note that spermicides do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases, also known as STDs or STIs.

Spermicide used alone is among the least effective methods of birth control available. It is recommended that spermicides be used in conjunction with a barrier method of contraception such as condoms or cervical caps. There are even condoms made with spermicide added as additional support to prevent unwanted pregnancy.

Spermicides do come in lubricant form. With the Dadi Kit, avoid the use of lubricants. If you must, use a lubricant made specifically for fertility purposes, as these do not contain the preservatives that will damage sperm.

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