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Spermicide for Birth Control

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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.

How well does it work?

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.

How do you use spermicide for birth control?

Spermicide comes in many different forms. Be sure to read the instructions that come with it.

If you think you used spermicide incorrectly, you can use emergency contraception to help prevent pregnancy. The most effective emergency contraception is an IUD (inserted by a doctor). You can also get emergency contraceptive pills. You can get them with a prescription from your doctor or without a prescription at most drugstores.

What are the advantages of using spermicide for birth control?

What are the disadvantages of using spermicide for birth control?

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Current as of: August 2, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine

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