PIP: General instructions for the proper use of spermicides are provided and manufacturer's instructions for specific brands are summarized. Spermicides contain a chemical which kills or immobilizes sperm and a substance which forms a barrier between the cervix and the sperm. Physicians should advise patients to carefully follow all the manufacturer's instructions provided with each specific type of foam, jelly, cream, or suppository. Shake foams at least 20 times before application to ensure that the spermicide and barrier substance is properly mixed. Fill the applicator as directed. Keep an extra supply of foam on hand since it is sometimes difficult to determine how much spermicide is left in a container.
Just like any other type of birth control, you need to use spermicides the correct way for them to be effective. Spermicides are much more effective when used with another barrier birth control method. If you decide to use spermicide, you need to use it every time you have sexual intercourse. Spermicides are a type of vaginal barrier method of birth control. There are different forms of spermicides, including vaginal creams, foams, gels, films, tablets, and suppositories. You can get spermicide over-the-counter at pharmacies and other retail stores. No prescription is needed.
Spermicides contain chemicals to stop sperm from getting to an egg. They come in several different forms: cream, gel, foam, film, and suppositories. Spermicides can be used alone but are more effective when used with another birth control method , such as condoms or a diaphragm.
Spermicide is a contraceptive substance that destroys sperm , inserted vaginally prior to intercourse to prevent pregnancy. As a contraceptive, spermicide may be used alone. However, the pregnancy rate experienced by couples using only spermicide is higher than that of couples using other methods. Usually, spermicides are combined with contraceptive barrier methods such as diaphragms , condoms , cervical caps , and sponges.