By Anna and Grace

What is it?

Spermicide is a chemical that kills sperm. It comes in different forms: cream, gel, foam, film,and suppositories.

How does it work?

  • Must be placed deep in the vagina, close to the cervix
  • Creams, foams, and gels must be squirted into the vagina using an applicator
  • Contraceptives must be placed in back of vagina

How well does it work?

  • 29/100 couples will have accidental pregnancies
  • works better with another form of birth control
  • not as effective as other forms of birth control

What does it protect against?

Spermicide prevents STDs and pregnancy just like a condom.

what are the side effects of spermicide?

Spermicide may irritate the vagina and surrounding skin.

Who uses it?

  • Couples using condoms or other methods
  • People taking responsibility fo planning birth

How do you get it?

  • No prescription needed
  • In drugstores

How much does it cost?

Spermicide costs $0.50- $1.50 per use.