Spermicide is any cream, gel, film or foam that contains chemicals to stop sperm from moving. It is best used with other forms of birth control.
79% typical use
84% effective when used perfectly
Things you may like about spermicide:
- Easy to find
- No prescription needed
- Can be used while breastfeeding
Things you may dislike about spermicide:
- Could be messy
- May not like the taste
- May forget to use
- Potential side-effects include:
- Irritation (especially if you use it more than once a day)
- Allergic reactions
- All spermicides sold in the U.S. contain Nonoxynol-9, which can lead to an increased risk of HIV and STI transmission
$0 – $3+
Can purchase over-the-counter.
*Disclaimer: Costs are an estimate.
Does it protect against STIs?
No. Spermicide does not protect from STIs. Use condoms to reduce the spread of STIs.
Disclaimer: This website is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have.