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melissa1506
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I read tonight online about the Film (spermicide women can use as a contraceptive) can this be used when using a condom? can both be used together? or does one alter the effects of the other
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ErinK
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You can use spermicide (in gel or film form) in combination with a condom. However, we don't recommend using spermicides at all because the chemicals they contain (especially nonoxynol-9) can irritate vaginal tissue and thus make women more prone to infection. Using condoms with lubricant does provide adequate protection against pregnancy and STDs. Women who want additional protection wiht non-hormonal methods can also look into diaphragms and cervical caps.
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