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Private Practice: Since 1980 to the present
Board-Certified: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship: Infertility, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Chicago, IL
Residency: Ob/Gyn, Cook County Hospital, Chicago, IL and
Mt. Sinai Hospital, Chicago, IL
MD: University of Health Sciences Chicago Medical School
Instructor: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Christ Community Hospital,
MacNeal Memorial Hospital and Palos Community Hospital
Dr. Miller

Welcome to our health education library. The information shared below is provided to you as an educational and informational source only and is not intended to replace a medical examination or consultation, or medical advice given to you by a physician or medical professional.

Birth Control: SpermicidesControl de la natalidad: Los espermicidas

Birth Control: Spermicides

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Spermicides help prevent pregnancy by killing sperm before they can enter the uterus. They come in many forms, including foam, jelly, film, and suppository-like inserts. These can be bought in drugstores without a prescription.

Pregnancy Rates

Talk to your healthcare provider about the effectiveness of this birth control method.

Using Spermicides

  • For best protection against pregnancy, use spermicides with a barrier method (condom, diaphragm, or cervical cap).

  • Apply before there is any contact between the penis and vagina.

  • Check the package for instructions on how to apply.

  • Reapply each time you have sex.

  • Don't douche or use tampons for 6 to 8 hours after using a spermicide.

Pros

  • Easy to get. No prescription needed.

  • Either partner can apply them, so responsibility can be shared.

  • Come in many forms.

  • Easy to stop if you decide you want to become pregnant.

Cons

  • High pregnancy rate when used alone.

  • Provides little protection against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

  • Can interrupt sex.

  • May cause minor irritation of the skin or vagina.

  • May taste bad.

Spermicides may not be for you if...

  • You are not also using a barrier method.

  • You are allergic to spermicides.

  • You're not willing to interrupt lovemaking to apply them.

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Date Last Modified: 2009-03-30T00:00:00-06:00

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