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Spermicide Possible Side Effects

Learn about the possible side effects of spermicide in this Howcast video about birth control.


Spermicide is a product that's available at the pharmacy, and it's used to prevent pregnancy by killing the sperm before the sperm and the egg meet.

This product comes in several forms. It comes in a cream or a gel. It comes in a film, and it can come in a little tablet. All of these forms are used in the vagina to prevent pregnancy. Unlike the creams and the gels, the tablet and the film need to melt before you get the contraceptive effectiveness that you need.

One of the benefits of this form of birth control is that it is available at the pharmacy, but it does have some side effects. These side effects include vaginal discharge and vaginal irritation. You may find that this product causes burning on the outside and the inside of your vagina, and it may also cause burning to your partner as well.

Although this burning is not harmful to you, it can be irritating and bothersome. It is usually self-limited. So if it persists more than a day or two, you need to see your doctor or nurse practitioner because it may not be the spermicide that's causing these issues.

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