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Spermicides *

Barrier Methods of Birth Control

*Note: THERE ARE CURRENTLY NO HEALTH CANADA APPROVED SPERMICIDES AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN CANADA.

How does it work?

  • Chemicals that kill sperm or make the sperm unable to move towards the egg
  • Come in several different forms including foam, gel and film
  • All methods are inserted into the vagina
  • Read instructions for each method before use as insertion times vary
  • Can be used alone or with other birth control methods to increase effectiveness

Advantages

  • 71-82% effective when used alone, without condoms
  • No need to see a doctor or health care provider
  • Spermicide may act as a lubricant
  • Use only when needed
  • Available at pharmacy section

Disadvantages

  • No protection against STIs, including HIV
  • May cause skin irritation, which could make it easier to get an STI or HIV if exposed