(see also Questions and Answers)


  • Do not reduce vaginal secretions or make women bleed during sex.
  • Do not cause cervical cancer or birth defects.
  • Do not protect against STIs.
  • Do not change men's or women's sex drive or reduce sexual pleasure for most men.
  • Do not stop women's monthly bleeding.
Why Some Women Say They Like Spermicides
  • Are controlled by the woman
  • Have no hormonal side effects
  • Increase vaginal lubrication
  • Can be used without seeing a health care provider
  • Can be inserted ahead of time and so do not interrupt sex