Superior view of spermicide in suppository form. Spermicide is a female chemical and mechanical contraceptive that is inserted into the vagina that blocks entry into the uterus as well as killing sperm. There are many different kinds of spermicide, including foam, cream, film, jelly, and suppositories. Spermicides are available without a prescription. When used correctly, they have a failure rate of 20 - 50%. Spermicides offer minimal protection against STDs.
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