Superior view of spermicide in cream form. Spermicide is a female chemical and mechanical contraceptive that is inserted into the vagina that blocks entry into the uterus as well as killing sperm. There are many different kinds of spermicide, including foam, cream, film, jelly, and suppositories. Spermicides are available without a prescription. When used correctly, they have a failure rate of 20 - 50%. Spermicides offer minimal protection against STDs.

Spermicide is a contraceptive substance that destroys sperm, inserted vaginally prior to intercourse to prevent pregnancy. As a contraceptive, spermicide may be used alone. However, the pregnancy rate experienced by couples using only spermicide is higher than that of couples using other methods. Usually, spermicides are combined with contraceptive barrier methods such as diaphragms, condoms, cervical caps, and sponges. Combined methods are believed to result in lower pregnancy rates than either method alone.

Spermicides are unscented, clear, unflavored, non-staining, and lubricative.

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