Birth Control Overview (cont.)
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What is the effectiveness, and what are the side effects of spermicides?
Spermicides are chemical barriers to conception. They are a reversible method of birth control in that when a woman ceases usage, full fertility returns immediately. Vaginal spermicides are available OTC, and are available in forms such as foam, cream, jelly, film, suppository, or tablet. Spermicides contain a chemical that kills sperm or makes them inactive so that they cannot enter a woman's cervix. Nonoxynol-9 is the active chemical in most spermicidal products in the United States.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/26/2016
Wayne Blocker, MD
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