8.5  Spermicides

8.5.1  Mechanism of use

Spermicides are sperm-killing chemicals inserted deep into the vagina, near the cervix, before sex. They are available in foaming tablets, melting or foaming suppositories, melting film, jelly and cream. Jellies, creams and foam from cans can be used on their own, with a diaphragm, or with condoms. Films, suppositories, foaming tablets or foaming suppositories can be used on their own or with condoms.

8.4.4  Advantages and disadvantages of the diaphragm

8.5.2  Effectiveness of spermicides