Sometimes people are too embarrassed, too busy, or just don’t know the right questions. The questions on this page should cover a lot of aspects of what you need to know though.



Can I use spermicides alone as the only contraceptive method?

No, it is not recommended. Spermicides aren’t very effective on their own and shouldn’t be used alone as a contraceptive but when used with a diaphragm, a cervical cap or a condom, they begin to make a difference.

Can spermicides be used together with a condom?

Yes, spermicide can be used at the same time as latex condoms. The spermicidal active ingredient does not attack the latex material.

Can every couple use spermicides?

Spermicides can be used by couples of all ages. However, some couples may experience some irritation, allergic reactions, urinary tract infections.

Do I really have to wait the indicated time before intercourse?

Yes, always. 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, male or female condoms or another method, read the instructions before you use it and pay attention to expiry dates.

What about body hygiene - can I use soap after the application of spermicides?

After you have had sexual intercourse and used spermicides you can have a shower or wash, depending on the type. Some spermicides won't interact with normal soaps or body wash products. Others can become less effective when exposed to substances, like common soaps or shower gels. Make sure that you carefully read through the given directions.

How effective is spermicide?

Spermicides aren’t recommended as a contraceptive on their own, the efficacy depends on the method you are using them with. Usually they are used with a diaphragm, a cervical cap or a condom.