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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. Barrier contraceptives such as diaphragms (Milex and Caya for example) and cervical caps (such as FemCap, Beacup and Lea Contraceptive) must be used with a spermicide or contraceptive gel 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.

About Spermicide and Contraceptive Gel

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Barrier Contraceptives

Spermicide MUST be used with a barrier contraceptive. It should not be used on its own. Even if a user applies the spermicide directly to the cervix within a short time their body temperature will warm up the gel, making it thinner and it will begin to move down the vagina, leaving no protection. Furthermore, the movement of intercourse and the excretion of bodily fluids will expedite it's movement. It is impossible to believe that Gygel could remain applied directly to the cervix for the 6 to 8 hours required after intercourse to reduce the risk of pregnancy. Advice on barrier contraceptives in the UK is available from your G.P. or the Family Planning Association (FPA). Midwives are always a great resource for barrier contraceptive advice as are private Gyno's and clinics.


Spermicide For Diaphragms

Milex Diaphragms

Diaphragms are available in 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90 and 95mm sizes. You should not guess your size as an incorrect size will increase the risk of an unwanted pregnancy. A contraceptive gel or spermicide must be used.

Spermicide and Caya Diaphragms

Caya Single Size Diaphragm

If you know that your usual diaphragm size would be 65, 70, 75 or 80mm then the Caya diaphragm is a modern alternative to a traditional diaphragm for you. A contraceptive gel or spermicide must be used.

FemCap Cervical Cap

FemCap Cervical Cap

If it's complicated to find a healthcare professional to fit you for a diaphragm then FemCap could be a good alternative. FemCap comes in just 3 sizes. A contraceptive gel or spermicide must be used.

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Spermicide & Contraceptive Gels


Gygel Spermicide

Gygel N9 Spermicide

Used safely for many years on prescription with the NHS, Gygel is also available Over The Counter (OTC).

Contragel in the UK

ContraGel Natural Alternative

The natural alternative to spermicide, ContraGel is a lactic acid based contraceptive gel which is vegan and natural.

Caya Diaphragms in the UK

Caya Contraceptive Gel

Caya gel is basically ContraGel, repackaged with the branding of Caya to be supplied in conjunction with the Caya diaphragm.


Nonoxynol-9 (N-9) is the most common active ingredient in spermicide.  It 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 N-9 is doing it's job right, it is breaking down the cell walls of the sperm, making them totally impotent. But it's breaking down more then just sperm cells. It also breaks down 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 UTIs.

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.

Gygel: N-9 Spermicide

Gygel is a Nonoxynol 9 based spermicide gel. It is designed to be used together with a barrier contraceptive. The questions compiled below are in no way a substitute to reading the Gygel manufactures instructions or the manufactures instructions you received with your diaphragm, Caya, or FemCap.

Are there any hormones in Gygel?

No. Gygel is 100% hormone-free. It is also referred to as an "instantly reversible form contraception" because the contraception is only effective for one instance of intercourse and does not have any effect on further acts of intercourse. This gives you the power to keep choosing to use contraception, or to cease using contraception, each time you have sex.

Do I need a prescription in order to buy Gygel?

No. To purchase Gygel from in the UK, no prescription is needed. Gygel is an over-the-counter (OTC) medicine.

However, it must be used as part of a barrier contraceptive method, and not as birth control on its own. Diaphragms do require a prescription because precise sizing is critical for effectiveness. FemCap and Caya diaphragms do not need to be sized and therefore do not need a prescription.

Are there alternative Nonoxynol-9 spermicides available in the UK?

No. There are currently no other spermicidal contraceptive gels containing N-9 available in the UK. ContraGel is the natural spermicide allterntive and is 100% N-9 free.

What side effects are associated with Gygel?

Side effects of Gygel can affect both the male and female partner. The most commonly reported side effects are irritation, burning, or itchiness of the vagina or penis. An increase in urinary tract infections and yeast infections in women can also often be traced to spermicide use.

Is there an alternative to Gygel that will allow me to keep using my barrier contraceptive if I am experiencing side effects from the spermicide?

Yes. ContraGel is the perfect solution for those experiencing side effects from Nonoxynol-9 spermicides.

Can I use Gygel if I'm pregnant?

If you are already pregnant there is no point in using Gygel; using it is not recommended. You should always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy before using any medication, including Gygel.

Can I use this spermicide if I'm breastfeeding?

There is no reason not to use spermicide while breastfeeding. Many women choose to avoid hormones while they are breastfeeding, and spermicide is often part of a non-hormonal birth control solution While Gygel is probably a safe choice, no studies have been conducted regarding the safety or effectiveness of using Gygel while breastfeeding. Always seek medical advice from your doctor or midwife, or look into the natural spermicide alternative Contragel.

Can I use Gygel if I'm taking other medications?

Yes, spermicide is not known to affect other medication.

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ContraGel: The Natural Alternative

To understand what ContraGel is and how it can be used as an effective part of an all natural birth control system, it is important to first understand what it is not. ContraGel is not a spermicide. To be classed as a spermicide, a product must contain Nonoxynol-9, a chemical that effectively kills sperm.

 Of course, ContraGel was formulated to be body and earth friendly and therefore does not contain N-9. Consequently, ContraGel is not classed as a spermicide, but a contraceptive gel.

This also means that while spermicide is often used as a stand-alone method of contraception, ContraGel is only approved for use with a barrier contraceptive ie, a diaphragm, FemCap, or Caya. Its formulation increases the effectiveness of the barrier contraceptive, but on its own ContraGel is not an effective method of contraception.

How ContraGel Works

Unlike spermicide, ContraGel does not kill sperm. So how does it work?

ContraGel is interdependent with the barrier contraceptive it is applied to. The ingredient methyl cellulose gives ContraGel is thick viscous consistency, and when applied to the barrier contraceptive it creates a second physical barrier to prevent sperm from entering the cervix.

ContraGel also effects the PH level of the vagina. Vaginal PH is critical to allowing sperm to travel up into the cervix. ContraGel alters the PH of the vagina and creates an inhospitable environment for sperm.

ContraGel Is Proven Effective

In an outstanding new medical study, ContraGel was proven to be just as effective as Nonoxynol-9 spermicides when paired with a barrier contraceptive.

This is a massive victory for women all over the world who were waiting for confirmation that their birth control method is as effective as it is natural. There should no longer be a hesitancy by doctors and clinics suggest the use of ContraGel with a diaphragm in place of nonoxynol-9. Despite the lack of harsh chemicals, the formulation of ContraGel makes is an equally effective contraceptive Gel.

In addition to the groundbreaking new study, ContraGel effectivity and safety are well established. ContraGel is CE certified for use as a contraceptive gel used with a barrier contraceptive. It has a long history of customer satisfaction and excellent ratings. It was manufactured from 1972 until 2003 under the name Contracep Green and was more recently rebranded ContraGel Green.

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Gygel: Instructions

Gynol: Instructions

ContraGel: Instructions