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  • Spermicides are chemicals which kill sperm on contact
  • Available in many forms (foam, jellies)
  • Limited effectiveness if used alone. Should be used with condoms


  • Jellies and foams are inserted with an applicator into the vagina just before sex
  • Wait 15 minutes after insertion to allow it to work
  • Most effective when used within one hour of insertion



Average cost

$10.00-$20.00 depending on the product at the drug store


  • Provides lubrication during sex
  • Does not require a prescription


  • Requires planning at least 15 minutes before sex
  • May cause irritation
  • Needs to be reapplied for every act of sex
  • Does not protect against STD/HIV

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