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what is wrong with using spermicide condoms and shouldn't i be using them?
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Spermicide is essentially dish soap. Do you really want to put dish soap in your vagina?

Probably not. Spermicide causes irritation for lots of folks. It can encourage infections by upsetting the balance in your vagina. Also, because of the irritation, it can increase your risk of getting an STD.

And even beyond that, the amount of spermicide on a "spermicidal condom" is not enough to kill much sperm anyway. There's not much there to begin with, and much of it is often rubbed off when putting the condom on (but there's enough left to cause some nasty irritation). So it's pretty useless in terms of adding protection.

Many of the health organizations have actually begun warning people against using spermicide in recent years.

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