Topics: Birth control, Condom, Sexual intercourse Pages: 3 (835 words) Published: March 15, 2013


Spermicide at a Glance
* A substance that prevents pregnancy by stopping sperm from moving * Safe and convenient
* Easy to use
* Costs about $8 per package

Is Spermicide Right for Me?
All of us who need birth control want to find the method that is best for us. Use My Method to find out which birth control methods may be right for you. 

* What Is Spermicide?
Spermicide is a birth control method that contains chemicals that stop sperm from moving. Spermicides are available in different forms, including creams, film, foams, gels, and suppositories. Spermicide can be used alone, or it can be used with other birth control methods to make them more effective. It is always used with the diaphragm and cervical cap. * How Does Spermicide Work?

Spermicides prevent pregnancy by keeping sperm from joining with an egg. Spermicides are inserted deep into the vagina shortly before intercourse. They * block the cervix, so sperm cannot reach an egg

* keep sperm from moving, so they cannot join with an egg * How Effective Is Spermicide?
Effectiveness is an important and common concern when choosing a birth control method. Like all birth control methods, spermicide is more effective when you use it correctly. * If women always use spermicide as directed, 15 out of 100 will become pregnant each year. * If women don't always use spermicide as directed, 29 out of 100 will become pregnant each year * When used alone, spermicide is not very effective. You can make it more effective if you also use a female condom. * Your partner can help you make spermicide more effective by using a latex condom or pulling out before ejaculation. * But even if you don't use another method along with spermicide, your chance of getting pregnant is much less than if you use no birth control at all. * Keep in mind that spermicide cannot reduce the risk of sexually transmitted...
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