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Spermicide is affordable, convenient, easy to use, and hormone-free.

It’s convenient and cheap.

Spermicide can cost as little as 60 cents per use, depending on the kind you get and where you buy it. You may even be able to get spermicide for free at some Planned Parenthood health centers and community health clinics.

You don’t need to see a doctor or get a prescription to use spermicide, and it’s sold at most drugstores and supermarkets. Spermicide packages are ultra-portable, so you can take it with you wherever you go.

Spermicide doesn’t interrupt sex.

You can put spermicide into your vagina before you have sex, so you don’t need to pause the action to get your birth control in place. You can make using spermicide a part of foreplay by having your partner put the spermicide in your vagina.

Spermicide doesn’t have hormones.

Some people prefer non-hormonal birth control, or can’t use methods with hormones because of medical problems — spermicide may be a good option for them.

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Spermicide and Gel

  • 79% or 86% effective

  • Costs up to $270, but can be $0

  • No prescription required (except for Phexxi)

  • Put it in before sex

Spermicide and gel don't protect you from STDs. Use a condom with them to help stop pregnancy and STDs.
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