(Closed) Spermicide?

posted 6 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I have, but my story is not a good one. I am allergic (or hypersensitive) to spermicide, specifically Nonoxynol-9 which is the active ingredient in a lot of spemicides. A lot of women are.  lets jsut say swelling of the lady parts is not fun at all.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

OP, you said the condoms irritate you.  By “irritate” do you mean they annoy you, or you have a physical reaction to them?  Condoms usually have a spermicidal coating, and I wonder if you’re already having a reaction.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Pinksapphire – I’m a reproductive health nurse and you should know that they don’t sell Spermicide here in NSW, Australia anymore because it just is not reliable when used alone. When used perfectly it still has an 18% failure rate. Typical use, it has a 29% failure fate. One of my friends in the USA was using it as her only form of contraception and she got pregnant. So if pregnancy definitely isn’t an option for you right now, I would avoid relying on spermicide.

If you don’t like condoms you would be better off looking into natural family planning.

The withdrawal method is also quite reliable as long as your partner has good control (he needs to pull out well before he ejaculates and always aims AWAY from your lady bits!! :D) and always urinates after ejaculating. Evidence based research has shown that pre-ejaculate does not actually contain live sperm, as previously believed but there can be sperm present if he has ejaculated previously and not cleared his urethra (through urination.)

If you really want to use spermicide though, you ideally need to use it with a diaphragm.

Hope this helps 🙂

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I get the burning with a lot of lubes. Its the glycerin in it I think. Try out some other condoms too. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

If the lube is irritating you there is a good chance that the spermicide will too.  ( we don’t use lube for that reason too…) we had to search around and find a condom that did not irritate me, also make sure there is no ribbing on the condom because that can cause irritation also.

 

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

a friend of mine had an allergic reaction to spermicide, and my mother always told me to avoid it, just because you don’t know what sort of reaction you’ll have, and that’s really the worst place to find out you have one. For the level of effectiveness (plus being on the pill) I personally wouldn’t take the risk!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

im allergic to spermicidals as well. I get TERRIBLE UTIs 🙁

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Darling Husband and I used them quite a bit before his vasectomy.  There are good points and bad points to them.  The good point oviously is no condom.  Ok, that one is huge.  The bad points: 1) for me, I could not use them to many days in a row or I got really sore and uncomfortable, almost like a chemical reaction  2) I was uncomfortable using them closer to my ovulation date, I am a fertile myrtle, so we only used them two weeks following my cycle (I don’t know how medically correct that was, more for my comfort level than anything) 3) The types can be confusing with the timing.  Some you have to insert a half hour early, some 10 minutes, some right away.  4) If not used per the instuctions exactly, they can be really ineffective, so make sure you read and understand the instructions and the timing.  5) If you use them, make sure you go to the bathroom right away, that will help with the potential of a UTI, not fullproof, but it helps

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Pinksapphire: I had this exact same question the other day!! Fiance and I were talking about it. Ugh now I am afraid to try it!!!

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper

Try using lambskin condoms – also, do you use lube?  it could be what is irritating you.  I am sensitive to all KY products – but AstroGlide makes an all natural lube which is really great.

Also – I’ve been doing Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) to avoid pregnancy for the last couple months and it’s been great.  I highly recommend reading: Taking Care of Your Fertility.  It has been an amazing help.  

(We are not TTC and I did want to use any sort of hormonal contraceptive, so we’d been using condoms 100% – BEFORE learning about FAM).  

ETA:  I had a friend who used the spermicide suppositories (looks like a tampon applicator – used before having intercourse).  She said it worked great for her.

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