Spermicides are chemicals that are used during sexual intercourse that prevent conception by rendering sperm ineffective. They come as:
- foams, or
Spermicides don't work as well as other reversible barrier methods of birth control.
Many different types of birth control are available. They include:
- hormonal methods,
- barrier methods, and
- behavioral methods.
Side effects of birth control depends upon the method chosen. Common side effects of the birth control pill (the most common form of birth control used by women in the US) include:
- Fluid retention
- Breakthrough bleeding
- Missed periods
- Mood changes
- Decreased sexual desire
A couple should discuss which is right for them with a medical professional before making a decision on which to use.
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