What is spermicide?
Here are a few quick facts you need to know as while deciding spermicide is right for you
- A vaginal spermicide is a form of birth control that prevents pregnancy by disrupting the cell membrane of the sperm. Spermicides contain a chemical that is toxic to sperm — usually either nonoxynol-9 or octoxynol-9. The chemical stops the sperm in its tracks and prevents it from fertilizing the woman's egg.
- Spermicides can be found in a wide variety of formulation — like gels, foams, and films.
- All types of spermicide are inserted in the vagina, near the cervix shortly before sexual intercourse.
- Spermicides are a low cost and widely available, and let you avoid the side effects associated with hormonal birth control.