WHEN and HOW?
How to use spermicides?
Seeing as spermicides aren’t recommended as a contraceptive on their own, the instructions on how to use them lie in the other method you are using them with.
But in all cases, you:
- First, insert the cream, film, foam, gel, or suppository deep into your vagina using your fingers or the applicator provided. You need to put spermicide into the vagina 5 to 90 minutes before you have sex.
- You usually need to leave it in place at least 6 to 8 hours after sex; do not douche or rinse the vagina for at least 6 hours after sex.
Instructions can be different for each type of spermicide. Whether you’re using a cervical cap, a diaphragm, external condom or internal condom or another method, read the instructions before you use it and pay attention to expiry dates.