We are often asked about ContraGels effectiveness when it is used on its own, without a barrier contraceptive. ContraGel is a very effective when used correctly in conjunction with a diaphragm or cervical cap. It is intended to be used as an additional measure along with such a barrier contraceptive, and not as a method of birth control on its own. In addition, your diaphragm or cervical cap should always be used along with a contraceptive gel. In short, diaphragms and ContraGel are interdependent.
When ContraGel is in use, two physical barriers are present: the barrier of the contraceptive device and the barrier created by thick methycellulose of the ContraGel. This double barrier prevents sperm that could bypass your diaphragm or FemCap from moving upwards into the cervix and uterus.
ContraGel also effects the PH level of the vagina, creating an inhospitable environment for sperm. Vaginal PH is critical to allowing sperm to travel up into the cervix and ContraGel alters the PH of the vagina so sperm can not survive
The effective use of Contragel Green and its components is the validated experience of this product since 1970 and the first testing and production under its first brand name CONTRACEP Green, by Dutch company NVSH / CDM at The Hague, Holland.
Medical Studies Comparing ContraGel Efficiency Against Spermicide
Comparison studies of ContraGel and Spermicides do not exist at the moment, per-se, since testing methodology would not produce any useful results. Saying that one is superior to the other would only serve a purpose for marketing reasons since both agents immobilise sperm and are both fit for purpose they are both openly available on the market.
Establishing if one were to be more efficient than the other or not would be almost impossible since the gel is not used on it's own, but as one part of a contraceptive system. The other part is the barrier contraceptive and so the efficiency of the barrier would have an effect on the contraceptive reliability of the system, more so than the contraceptive gel being used.
For example a FemCap user applies ContraGel and inserts their FemCap correctly and following the instructions leaves it in place for 6-8 hours after intercourse. Another test participant uses a FemCap with a regular spermicide yet is in a rush, inserts it without checking it's in place, then removes it after only 4 hours. If the second user were to become pregnant would that prove the spermicide were any less efficient than the ContraGel? Due to so many variables associated with barrier contraceptive use a comparative field study of ContraGel V Spermicide is impossible to conduct with clear results.
The bottom line is that there is more impact on barrier contraceptive reliability with correct/incorrect use than there is impact with the choice of contraceptive gel.
Increase The Efficiency Of Your Barrier Contraception Usage
If you are using your diaphragm, Caya, or FemCap every single time you have sex, chances are you are using it way to often! Most women massively overuse their barrier contraceptive, simply because for almost 3 weeks out of the month, you are actually not fertile. So there is no reason to be using the barrier in the first place!
If there is no risk of pregnancy because you are not fertile, why use anything at all?
Of course, your confident assessment of when their is a risk of pregnancy and when you are actually infertile is necessary for you to go sans barrier, but with that confidence, you can easily cut your ContraGel and barrier usage in half!
- For use with cervical caps, diaphragms, FemCap and Caya
- Nonoxynol-9 free,
- Minimizes risk of irritation and infection often associated with barrier contraceptive use
- Vegan, dairy free, gluten free, not tested on animals
- Class IIa Medical Device, CE Approved, Made in Europe
Don't let chemical laden nonoxynol-9 spermicide hinder your goal of all natural contraception. All diaphragms and cervical caps must be used with a contraceptive gel— choose ContraGel instead of N-9 based spermicide to avoid abrasive chemicals and skin irritation.
ContraGel is available without a prescription. Large 60ml tube provides more applications than leading typical spermicide brands.