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Spermicide is used as a form of contraceptive that is inserted into the vagina before sex to avoid pregnancy. While spermicide can be used alone, there is a greater risk of pregnancy than if the spermicide is used with another form of contraceptive. These contraceptives include condoms, sponges, cervical caps and diaphragms. Spermicide is generally clear, unscented and doesn't stain and should only be used for vaginal sex. To learn more about spermicide and how it works, take a look at the questions below that have been answered by the Experts.

What is a good back-up birth control option to use with condoms? Can I use condoms with spermicide?

Spermicide has been used as an additional form of birth control and appears to be an effective way to prevent pregnancy by killing and blocking the sperm from entering the cervix. There are various forms of spermicide available that include gels, foaming tablets and foam. Spermicidal foam is applied by inserting an applicator into the vagina and projecting the foam into the vagina—a popular choice often used by younger people who wish to prevent pregnancy. However, spermicide is generally more effective when used with a condom. Together, they provide optimal protection from pregnancy as well as protection from sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV. Condoms that are already lubricated with spermicide such as Nonoxynol 9 are available. By using these condoms, another level of protection is added during intercourse. However, in some cases, frequent use of Nonoxynol 9 can cause an allergic reaction that produces small sores that may actually increase the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases. Therefore, Nonoxynol 9 should ideally only be used for vaginal sex by women who have been tested negative for HIV with a partner who is also HIV negative.

If someone who takes flagyl for an allergic reaction to spermicide finds that it doesn’t work, what else can they try?

Flagyl is usually only used to treat Bacterial Vaginosis and shouldn't be prescribed for an allergic reaction to spermicidal foams. Cortisone creams usually provide relief from itching that is outside the vagina but are not effective for internal use. To determine if there is an actual allergic reaction to the spermicide, rub the lubricant from the condom onto the forearm and watch for a reaction. If no reaction occurs, the diagnosis of an allergic reaction is probably wrong.

Is it normal to have dryness, itching and discharge after using a condom with spermicide?

Generally, this type of reaction could be caused by an allergy to the spermicide or the condom. Avoid using over-the-counter douches because this may only irritate the symptoms. Certain other things that should be avoided include powders, perfumes, scented toilet paper, deodorants and sprays. Cleanse with water only and avoid sitting in a tub of hot water although warm showers are generally fine. Tight clothing should also be avoided and cotton underwear should be worn. Apart from the spermicide, a fungal infection could cause symptoms such as itching and discharge. An over-the-counter fungal cream such as Monistat can be used in this case to check if the symptoms go away. There is also a possibility that other infections can be creating the symptoms. If it is a definite allergic reaction, Zyrtec is usually helpful to fight it. However, if the symptoms fail to clear up after a few days, see a gynecologist for suggestions on treatment.

When using spermicide, if the penis slips out for a few seconds, does another dose of spermicide need to be added?

When using spermicide and the pull out method, if the position is changed will the spermicide still work effectively? The sexual position has no bearing on the effectiveness of the spermicide. However, spermicide is generally used only as a secondary defense against pregnancy. This means that the pull out method combined with spermicide is still only about 90% reliable as a form of birth control. Therefore, it is better to visit a doctor and choose a more effective form of contraception. There are various forms of birth control and contraceptives available. While spermicide is used by many people, it is usually effective only when combined with other forms of contraception. If you would like to learn more about spermicide and how it works, get in touch with a Medical Expert now. They can offer information and insights based on the details of your case.
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