What are advantages of spermicidal agents for contraception?

Updated: Oct 16, 2019
  • Author: Frances E Casey, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Richard Scott Lucidi, MD, FACOG  more...
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The lubrication provided by spermicides may heighten satisfaction in both partners. Another advantage is the ease of application. Either partner can purchase and apply spermicide because it is easily accessible, available over the counter, and inexpensive. Applying spermicide requires minimal patient education. It augments contraceptive efficacy of the cervical cap and diaphragm. Spermicides produce no adverse systemic effects.


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