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Vaginal Contraceptive


Vaginal Contraceptives*

Female condom- The female condom is worn by a woman to prevent semen from entering the vagina. It is a sheath made of polyurethane, and is prelubricated. No prescription is needed, insert every time before sex. This is the only vaginal contraceptive that will protect against sexually transmitted diseases.

Diaphragm/Cervical Cap- The diaphragm and cervical cap fit over the cervix, preventing sperm from entering the uterus. These devices are available in latex or silicone rubber and come in multiple sizes and requires fitting by a clinician. These must be used in conjunction with spermicide and left in place for 6-8 hours after sex. The diaphragm must then be removed but the cap can be left in place for 24 hours.

Spermicide- Spermicides are chemical substances that destroy sperm. They are available in mose pharmicies without a prescription and come in a variety of forms including gel, foam, cream, film, suppository and tablet. Apply every time before sex.

Contraceptive Sponge- Insert vaginally and must keep in place for 6 hours after sex. Can be effective for 24 hours. No prescription is needed.

*All information provided from "Barrier Methods"


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