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Eclipse
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Okay, this is driving me crazy. Just over a year ago when I spent tons and tons of time researching birthcontrol, I read about a new spermicidal gel that was touted as being less likely to cause irritations and bad reactions. What it was was a combination of three different spermicides. The idea was that because it used three different spermicides, it didn't need to use very much of any of them individually, making it less likely for someone to develop a sensitivity to any one of them. I know that one of the three was nonoxynol-9. I'm not sure if octoxynol-9 was in there or not, and I can't even imagine what a third might have been. The article was somewhere on the internet--I found it through altavista. It gave the name of the product and a short discussion, and listed the three chemicals. I think there was a link to the developers' webpage. It was called Z-gel or something? Anyway, I can't find it now. Has anyone here heard of it?
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Er, could sodium laureth sulfate be the third?
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I think I would have remembered that. Sodium laureth sulfate is used as a spermicide? Is the idea like, industrial cleaning agent = sperm killer? Nonoxynol-9 was originally developed to clean swimming pools...

I do think it was some nasty organometallic, but I could be wrong.

The only combined spermicides I pull up on websearches are those dual action ones they're developing, but I think this was something different. Maybe I'm crazy...


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sodium lareth sulphate? One of the main ingredients in soap? I'm gonna ask a question even though I know the answer is no: does that mean I can use my liquid hand soap as a spermacide?
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quote:
Originally posted by momma cat:
sodium lareth sulphate? One of the main ingredients in soap? I'm gonna ask a question even though I know the answer is no: does that mean I can use my liquid hand soap as a spermacide?

The answer is NO! But you already knew that. Liquid handsoap would not work as a spermicide, but it might irritate genitals to no end and make STDs much more easily transmitable(here I go making up words again, way too early in the morning).

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Sorry about that triple post. Having such computer issues today.

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Eclipse
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As an aside, although there is a lot of evidence to suggest that the hype about sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate causing cancer is pure bunk (Tom's of Maine even uses sls in their all natural toothpaste), I still don't see any reason for a powerful surfactant to be in my hand and body soap. I must say, lately I'm partial to DrBronner's almond soap ( http://www.drbronner.com ), both for the high-quality/reasonable price and the bemusing labels.
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I really like the green tea soap Garden Botanica makes. Can't think of the ingredients off the top of my head besides green tea, but there's no sls. It might have been just green tea and glycerine. I feel squeaky clean after showering with it, but not dried out, and it smells nice but not stong-no artificial fragrance.
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Truly, though, SLS was the last new Wonder Spermicide I heard of -- no joke. Really, do they think these things through?
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Poet- I fixed your triple post.

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Eclipse
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Wow. Do you remember where you heard about it? I got the impression that ever since those studies about n-9 increasing the chances of getting HIV, most of the new spermicide research (such as it is) has been on "dual action" spermicides that really will, they mean it this time, or so they say, help prevent HIV.
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