So, first of all, what is spermicide?
Available in a wide variety of forms (foams, creams, jellies, etc.), spermicide is inserted into the vagina, and stops sperm from being able to move (and get into a female’s uterus).
Okay, so does it work?
Sometimes. It’s definitely better than not using any protection, but it’s not your best option. In fact, spermicide doesn’t work about 29% of the time, which is high for a birth control method.
The best way to use spermicide is with another birth control method (a condom, for example). Using the two together may help increase the condom’s effectiveness.
Does it prevent STDs?
No. It only helps prevent pregnancy, so you need to be sure your partner is STD-free. In fact, spermicide contains a chemical that actually makes you more likely to pick up and STD or HIV from your partner.
Where do I find it?
It’s available at most drug stores and supermarkets. No prescription required!
Does it have any side effects?
Some people are allergic to spermicide, so if you notice any irritation when you use it, you should see a doctor.
How do I use it?
Each type of spermicide has different instructions, so be sure to read the directions on the box or package. That said, it’s important that – if you do use spermicide as your primary birth control method – that you use it every time you have sex.
Need more info?
Check out The Bedsider’s page on spermicide. They’ll give you the full run-down.