How Effective Are Spermicide Condoms?

How effective are spermicide condoms? Possibly more so than regular condoms, but it is still important to know the benefits and drawbacks of using them. When used correctly, all condoms help prevent the risk of pregnancy and spread of STDs. Spermicide condoms are different from regular condoms, as they are coated with a special lubricant that kills sperm on contact. However, they tend to be more expensive, and can cause irritation to sensitive skin. Here are a few tips to help you decide if spermicide condoms are right for you.

  1. Other Birth Control – If you and your partner rely on condoms solely for birth control, it may be a good idea to invest in the spermidical variety. If your girlfriend is taking the birth control pill, or other form of hormonal birth control, regular condoms probably provide sufficient protection. If a condom is used as an additional form of birth control, as opposed to the sole form of birth control, the spermicide probably isn't necessary.
  2. Irritation – The delicate tissues of the vagina may become irritated by spermicide. Spermicide is a chemical, and all chemicals carry the possibility of allergy and irritation. If your girlfriend has sensitive skin, have her test a bit of the spermicidal formula on the inside of her wrist. If she has any itching, redness, or irritation, avoid using spermidical lubrication.
  3. Taste – If you are using condoms for oral sex, you will not need the spermicide. Not only does spermicidal lubrication taste nasty, it just isn't necessary for oral sex. Regular condoms will do the trick in this situation.

As you can see, spermicidal condoms are not for everybody. However, they do kill sperm on contact, thus lowering the risk of pregnancy. It's all about personal preference; if having the extra protection of spermicidal condoms puts your mind at east, go for it. Most of the time, a regular condom will provide the protection you need. 

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