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Spermicide on the Inside of Condom

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,

 

I was wondering if spermicidal condoms have spermicide on the inside of condoms?

Signed: Spermicide on the Inside of Condom

Dear Spermicide on the Inside of Condom,

 

Spermicides are chemicals that kill sperm before they are able to fertilize an egg. The most common form of spermicide is called Nonoxynol 9. They are commonly used as creams, lotions, sprays and inserts to be used during sexual intercourse to prevent pregnancy.  They inserted into the vagina before intercourse. Spermicides prevent pregnancy by keeping sperm from joining with an egg by blocking the cervix, so sperm cannot reach an egg or they keep the sperm from moving so they cannot join with an egg.

Spermicidal condoms have a spermicide lubricant on the outside. Since there is a lubricant component to them it would be a bad idea to place a lubricant on the inside of the condom since it would make it likely that the condom would fall off. 

The amount of spermicide on the condoms is a very small amount and would not effectively reduce the risk of pregnancy or infection in the event the condom broke or there was spillage.

Originally, nonoxynol-9 was believed to aid in reducing the risk of HIV infection along with infection of other STDs. However, recent studies have shown this to not be true. In fact, nonoxynol-9 may actually increase a person risk of contracting HIV, especially if it is used frequently. This is because the chemical can irritate the vaginal and rectal lining thereby making a person more susceptible to infection. For this reason, spermicides are no longer recommended as protection against HIV and STDs.

For a complete guide to birth control check out TeenHealthFX’s “Updated Birth Control Methods.”

 

 
Signed: TeenHealthFX

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