You've decided to use a barrier contraceptive for your birth control plan, and health benefits are at the top of your list of why. No hormones, no side effects, and eco-friendly — what could be better.
But then comes the spermicide. Most barrier contraceptives must be used with a spermicide to seal any gaps and make sure no viable sperm sneak past the barrier. But those spermicides are filled with chemicals and toxins, and that's the last thing you want spoiling your natural contraception.
Nonoxynol-9 (Nonionic Surfactant) Based Spermicides
Nonoxynol-9 (N-9) is the most common active ingredient in spermicide. Spermicides which contain N-9 come in many forms such as gels, films and foams. Nonoxynol-9 is an organic compound that is used as a surfactant and is a member of nonoxynol family of nonionic surfactants. Cleaning and cosmetic products often contain N-9 and related compounds.
When researchers observed nonoxynol-9’s ability to kill microbes in vitro, they initially thought it could be used to prevent the transmission of sexual transmitted diseases (STDs). Recent research however, has found that N-9 might actually increase a person’s risk of contracting STDs, especially when frequently used. Researchers came to this conclusion after noticing that the harsh chemicals in N-9 causes tiny abrasions inside the sensitive vaginal and anal walls.
Octoxynol-9 (Nonionic Surfactant) Based Spermicides
Octoxynol-9 (also known as Triton X-100) is made with a different chemical than N-9 but is still a nonionic surfactant. Spermicides made with octoxynol-9 may be good alternatives for people who experience unpleasant reactions or allergies after using nonoxynol-9. Products which contain octoxynol-9 include Koromex Cream and Ortho-Gynol Jelly. Unfortunately, these products can be hard to find.
Benzalkonium Chloride (Cationic Surfactant) Based Spermicides
Benzalkonium chloride (also known as alkyldimethylbenzylammonium chloride and ADBAC) is a mixture of alkylbenzyldimethylammonium chlorides of various even-numbered (alkyl) chain lengths. This product is a nitrogenous cationic surface-acting agent similar to nonoxynol-9 and octoxynol-9. ADBAC is most commonly found in vaginal suppositories, vaginal creams and vaginal tablets manufactured in France by Pharmatex. ADBAC is also the active ingredient in Lanzas Contraceptive Cream which is distributed in Spain by Faes Farm S.A
The Dangers of Nonoxonol-9
You've decided t to ditch the pill and choose a more natural contraceptive, either a diaphragm or a FemCap. But when you walk into a pharmacy and pick up a tube of spermicide, do you know what chemicals you are exposing yourself to?
Almost all spermicides contain nonoxynol-9, a highly toxic chemical surfactant often found in detergents. When N-9 is doing it's job right, it is breaking down the cells of sperm, making them totally impotent.
But it's breaking down more then just sperm cells. It also breaks down the cells of the vagina wall and the penis leading to irritation. Even more, N-9 also kills beneficial bacteria and skin cells, disrupting the vaginal flora and leaving you susceptible to yeast infections and urinary tract infections.
Besides the common rashes and itchiness reported by both men and women after using spermicide, we know that what we put on our bodies is just as important as what we put in it. The delicate skin in our vagina readily absorbs whatever we put on it, so that nonoxynol-9 directly enters our blood stream, spreading toxins throughout our entire body.
STDs And The Abrasive Nature of N-9
N-9's ability to kill microbes in-vitro was initially taken as evidence that it might be effective at preventing STD transmission. However, more recent findings indicate that it may actually increase a person's risk of contracting STDs, especially if used frequently.
This is because the chemical causes tiny abrasions inside the sensitive vaginal and anal walls.
From 1996 to 2000, a UN-sponsored study carried out in several locations in Africa followed nearly 1000 sex workers who used nonoxynol-9 gels or a placebo. The HIV infection rate among those using nonoxynol-9 was about 50% higher than those who used the placebo; those using nonoxynol-9 also had a higher incidence of vaginal lesions, which may have contributed to this increased risk.
Regular use of nonoxynol-9 also appears also to increase the risk of infection with sexually transmitted human papillomaviruses (HPVs) that can cause cervical cancer.
Gygel: UK's #1 Nonoxynol-9 based spermicide
Gygel is effective when used in conjunction with barrier method of contraception such diaphragms or FemCap. When used together with these methods, the gel is effective on two levels. First, the sticky consistency seals any gaps or cracks and provides additional suction to the barrier. Second, the chemical effect on sperm adds another layer of contraceptive protection, creating a safety net if any sperm should attempt to bypass the barrier.
Gygel Contraceptive Gel comes in a 30ml aluminum tube that provides approximately 10 applications.
ContraGel: The Natural Spermicide Alterntive
ContraGel is a lactic acid based spermicide alternative. It contains five simple, natural ingredients: water, lactic acid, sodium lactate, methyl cellulose, and sorbic acid. Because there are no harsh chemicals, most women and their partners have no allergic reactions or irritation when using ContraGel. When used with a barrier contraceptive, ContraGel is effective on two levels. First, it reduces the PH levels in the vagina making it inhospitable to sperm. Second, it's viscous consistency traps sperm to prevent it from swimming past any openings around the barrier contraceptive.
ContraGl effectivity and safety is well established. It was first manufactured by the NVSH in holland from 1972 until 2003 under the name Contracep Green. The product was bought back into production through consumer demand by german based DeltaMed GmbH, under the name ContraGel Green.
ContraGel is water soluble and safe to use with silicone rubber diaphragms and cervical caps, as well as latex, or polyurethane condoms. The 60ml tube of ContraGel typically provides 15-20 applications.
When Are Barriers and Spermicide Are Needed To Prevent Pregnancy?
The goal of barrier contraception is to prevent perm from reaching and fertilizing an egg — but fertilization is biologically impossible unless a viable egg is present
Natural Family Planning (NFP) and Fertility Awareness (FA) identify when there is or is not an egg present, nullifying the need for contraceptives most of the month. Sperm can live inside the womb for up to 5 days, and ovulation releases an egg which is able to be fertilized for one day. That six day span is referred to as the fertility window, and is the only time there is actually a real need for a barrier device.
Cyclotest uses Symptothermal fertility charting to identify that fertility window by using a daily basal body temperature (BBT) reading. Changes in the BBT readings help identify ovulation and form the fertility window.
With 99% reliability, why not let Cyclotest make your contraceptive decisions for you?
Learn more about using Cyclotest to identify your fertility window at our main website EthicalFamilyPlanning.com
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Using a chemical laden nonoxynol-9 spermicide puts a damper on your natural contraceptive plan. All diaphragms and cervical caps must be used with a contraceptive gel, so choose ContraGel instead to avoid harsh chemicals and skin irritation. Large 60ml tube provides more application then leading typical spermicide brands.
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Gygel Nonoxynol-9 Spermicide Gel is NHS approved for use without prescription. Large 81g tube. This is the #1 spermicide in the UK amongst diaphragm and cervical cap users. For a natural alternative to Gygel, check out ContraGel.
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