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awritersfix
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Due to my body having irregular periods, I decided against using birth control of the hormonal kind (i.e., pill), atleast until I am able to see a doctor. However, I still want to have a back-up to condoms for when I do have sex to cut down on the worries I have. I've been looking into products that contain spermicide and found the VCF contraceptive film. How effective it is in conjunction with a condom? Is it just as good as the sponge?

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Robin Lee
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Hi awritersfix,


Our article The Buddy System: Effectiveness Rates for Backing Up Your Birth Control With a Second Method
lists using condoms with spermicide as being 99.64% effective with perfect use and 95.65% effective with typical use

You can read more about what that means in the article.

Here also is some more information about Spermicides

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Heather
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The combination of a contraceptive sponge and condoms is more effective than combining condoms and spermicide, because the sponge is more effective than spermicide (that's because it's more than just spermicide, it's also a barrier method of its own).

But you can check out all the effectiveness rates for all combined methods here: The Buddy System: Effectiveness Rates for Backing Up Your Birth Control With a Second Method


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Thanks for responding! I'll read the articles and go from there.
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