Birth Control | SpermicideSpermicide

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
  • Non-hormonal
  • 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.