What are disadvantages 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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Spermicides provide minimal protection from STDs. Insertion may be uncomfortable for some couples. Vaginal irritation is possible, and spermicides may cause an allergic reaction.  Effectiveness of spermicides lasts less than an hour.


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