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so, how effective is spermicide. My boyfriend and I dont have sexual intercourse but we do have genital to genital contact. We are both clean and I am always brought to orgasm first so as to have no sperm come in contact with my vagina. However, i was worried about precum. I've always heard that precum can make you pregnant, but just found a site that said it is debatable on whether or not it does, no one knows for sure but only about 18% of people that use the withdrawal method become pregnant. That is still too large of a percentage for me to consider using that as a birth control method, but i was confused by the statement about the precum. Does that have any validity? Anyway, my original question is whether or not spermicide is good to use. Any information about it would be helpful. I was considering using that as a backup plan just for reassurance, even though no actual sperm would come near my vagina and there would be no sexual intercourse. Thanks
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Do not use spermicide.

It is basically detergent, and contains some nasties that could seriously irritate the vagina. Not to mention that the way it kills sperm (cide meaning kill, which it does by basically ripping apart the membranes) it can also do to the vagina, causing little abrasions and tears, making you more susceptable to infections.

And, after that, there really is not enough spermicide on condoms to do much good.

Pre-ejaculate can cause pregnancy; it has happened before. While it contains much less sperm than ejaculate does, there is still some present, and it only takes one to cause a pregnancy.

If you want a simple and pretty safe BC, just use a condom for any sexual activity. This means oral sex, manual sex, and so on. Saves the mess and the worries.

[This message has been edited by JamsessionVT (edited 09-12-2005).]

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