What are spermicides?

Spermicides are foams, creams, jellies or suppositories that contain a chemical that kills sperm.

Who uses spermicides?

People who can’t or don’t want to use hormonal BC or who want BC without a prescription.

How do I use spermicides?

Spermicides are inserted into the vagina from an hour to at least 15 minutes before having sex. They are always used with another form of BC — condoms, the diaphragm or the cervical cap.

Where do I get spermicides?

You may get spermicides at the pharmacy or by visiting your local family planning clinic.

How effective are spermicides?

Spermicide are 74% effective.

Do spermicides protect against STDs?

Spermicides do not protect against STDs. Use a condom for STD protection with this method.

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