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Male Condoms and Spermicides


Condoms fit over the man’s penis and contain the sperm so it can’t get to the woman’s egg. Spermicides over the woman’s cervix and kill the man’s sperm. Although, both methods can work alone they are more effective if used together. About 18 out of 100 women become pregnant with condoms and 28 of 100 women become pregnant with spermicides. When used together the pregnancy rate is lower.

Pros of Condoms and Spermicides

  • You can purchase them in any drugstore or supermarket
  • They cause no health problems
  • Condoms protect you from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections
  • For some men, condoms make sex last longer.
  • Both partners are involved in preventing pregnancy

Cons of Condoms and Spermicides

  • It may interrupt sex to use them
  • Spermicide may irritate the vagina or penis
  • It may lessen sensation
  • Both partners need to be involved in the success of the method

Things to Remember

  • Use a new condom every time you have sex.
  • Store condoms in a cool, dry place.
  • Shake the spermicide at least 20 times before use.
  • Check the expiration date of the condoms.
  • Only use water base lubricants. Vaseline or other oil based lubricants will damage the condom.
From Our Patients
“Dr. Akonye has been amazing to our family. She’s was my doc through all 4 of our pregnancies & I couldn’t have asked for a more down to earth person to walk us through every one of them.” – Priscilla Terrazas