Condoms With Spermicide
There has been a long debate on the effectiveness of condoms with spermicide. Condoms with spermicide contain an active ingredient called Nonoxynol 9 (N-9) which is suppose to kill sperm that come in instant contact with it. This article will present some of the downfalls of condoms with spermicide.
- Pregnancy. Spermicidal condoms are suppose to prevent pregnancy when used correctly. A foam or tablet form of N-9 should be used in conjunction with the spermicidal condom, otherwise there is a good chance that pregnancy can occur.
- Effectiveness. Condoms with spermicide are no more effective than regular latex condoms; thus, spermicidal condoms cannot protect you from most STDs and are strictly used for preventing pregnancy. HIV negative partners benefit more from these condoms versus regular condoms.
- Risk Factors. Condoms with spermicide actually increase the rate of getting an STD and HIV versus regular condoms.
- Cost. Condoms with spermicide not only cost more than regular condoms, but they have a shorter shelf life of three years versus the normal five years.
- Infections/ Allergic Reaction. N-9 can cause irritation to the vaginal and rectum area and with prolonged use of this ingredient, infection can set in and cause a rash or make the person susceptible to catching STDs.
- Urinary Tract Infection. Urinary tract infection has been associated with young women who use condoms with spermicide.
- Gonorrhea & Chlamydia. Condoms with spermicide has shown to provide modest protection against gonorrhea and chlamydia, but no protection against other STDs and HIV.
- Decline in Use. Many condom manufacturers have discontinued condoms with spermicide while some companies still provide them with a low dose of N-9.