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Lynneee2012
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I recently left my nuva ring out for ten hours (overnight) accidentally during the second week of my cycle. I know that the effectiveness of it is now probably compromised until I have reinserted it for another 7 days.

My question is, what is the best form of OTC birth control that I can use in the mean time? I was planning on using Spermicide & Condoms & Withdrawl. How effective would that be? I'm concerned because I've heard certain spermicide can break down condoms, what would be the best type to use? Thank you so much for any advice anyone can offer me.

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Robin Lee
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HI Lynneee2012,

Generally speaking, it's usually only necessary to use two birth control methods at one time, as three are usually redundant. For example, if you used condoms and withdrawal, applying spermicide would be unnecessary as you've already used two methods to ensure that semen did not come in contact with the vagina. However, using more methods doesn't usually do harm.

Here is some more information about
Spermicides
and some information on the effectiveness rates for combining birth two control methods (Male Condoms + Withdrawal = 99.92% effective with perfect use - 95.95% effective with typical use; Male Condoms + Spermicide = 99.64% effective with perfect use - 95.65% effective with typical use):
The Buddy System: Effectiveness Rates for Backing Up Your Birth Control With a Second Method

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Lynneee2012
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Another question: Is it safe to use nonoxyl 9 spermicide with condoms? I've heard from a few people that it is not. I read the page on spermicide and I am still confused.
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Robin Lee
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oh, yes, it's safe to use it with condoms. The problem with that particular ingredient is that it's not altogether safe for the body. It has also been shown to increase the chances of contracting certain STIs by irritating the vaginal tissues, which in turn can create small abbrasions which make it easier for bacteria or viruses to be transmitted.

So, when you've heard N9 and condoms spoken about, that's what people are talking about.

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