Birth control options have increased in the last few decades. While at one time the only way to prevent a pregnancy was abstinence, today there is a wide range of products that allow couples to enjoy sex without the worry of an unwanted and unplanned pregnancy.
These products are available in the form of pills, condoms, patches and even foams. The spermicide is one such product that is designed to kill sperm before it has a chance to get to the egg, thereby preventing an unwanted pregnancy. Like all other forms of birth control, the spermicide too has its own set of pros and cons.
The Pros of Spermicides
There are several reasons why spermicides are the preferred method of birth control to others. Listed below are some of these reasons.
Spermicides are Easy To Obtain
Birth control pills are not always easy to obtain. Most birth control methods require an evaluation by a physician, a visit to the hospital (for the insertion of the birth control such as IUD), surgery (as in the case of tubal ligation), and prescriptions (as in the case of birth control pills).
Spermicides are available as OTCs (over the counter) and do not require a visit to the doctor or painful procedures.
Spermicides Have No Lasting Side Effects
Perhaps one of the most worrying and troublesome effects of birth control methods is the long lasting side effects that they carry with them.
The side effects that are commonly noted with the various other birth control methods are irregularities in periods, a heavy flow during periods, weight gain, nausea and headaches. Spermicides do not have any side effects that last for long periods.
Spermicides are Convenient
Spermicides are easy to carry around. They can even be conveniently stored away in a pocket or in a tiny purse, without anyone knowing that they are there.
Spermicides are Inexpensive
Unlike their counterparts, spermicides are relatively inexpensive.
The Cons of Spermicides
The cons of spermicides are as follows:
Spermicides Take Time To Act
When you are in a hurry, spermicides may not be the right choice for contraception. Unlike the condom that can be slipped on immediately or the birth control pill that is taken at a particular time everyday, the spermicide takes some time before it can provide complete protection and effectively prevent sperm from getting inside the uterus.
Spermicides Are Safer When Not Used Alone
Spermicides do not offer 100% protection. In fact, 15% of couples who opt for spermicides will get pregnant within a year of regular use.
To be on the safer side, it is necessary that they are used in conjunction with another method of birth control like a condom or birth control pills.
Spermicides Do Not Offer Protection Against STDs
Women who use spermicides are susceptible to contracting STDs (sexually transmitted diseases). Spermicides can cause irritation in the genitals. This makes one more susceptible to contracting STDs.
Before deciding on a method of contraception, it is important to talk to your partner about the pros and cons of each method of contraception and make an informed decision.
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