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Almost all spermicides contain nonoxynol-9, a highly toxic chemical surfactant often found in detergents. When N-9 is doing it's job right, it is breaking down the cell walls of the sperm, making them totally impotent.

 

But it's breaking down more then just sperm cells. It also breaks down cells of the vagina wall and the penis leading to irritation. Even more, N-9 also kills beneficial bacteria and skin cells, disrupting the vaginal flora and leaving you susceptible to yeast infections and UTIs.

 

Besides the common rashes and itchiness reported by both men and women after using spermicide, we know that what we put on our bodies is just as important as what we put in it. The delicate skin in our vagina readily absorbs whatever we put on it, so that nonoxynol-9 directly enters our blood stream, spreading toxins throughout our entire body.

 

Nonoxynol-9 (Nonionic Surfactant) Based Spermicides

Nonoxynol-9 (N-9) is the most common active ingredient in spermicide.  Spermicides which contain N-9 come in many forms such as gels, films and foams. Nonoxynol-9 is an organic compound that is used as a surfactant and is a member of nonoxynol family of nonionic surfactants. Cleaning and cosmetic products often contain N-9 and related compounds.

 

When researchers observed nonoxynol-9’s ability to kill microbes in vitro, they initially thought it could be used to prevent the transmission of sexual transmitted diseases (STDs). Recent research however, has found that N-9 might actually increase a person’s risk of contracting STDs, especially when frequently used. Researchers came to this conclusion after noticing that the harsh chemicals in N-9 causes tiny abrasions inside the sensitive vaginal and anal walls.

If I´m Not Comfortable With Nonoxynol 9 Is There An Alternative?

is contragel effective

ContraGel is a lactic acid-based spermicide alternative that works in two ways. First, it reduces the PH levels in the vagina making it inhospitable to sperm. Second, it's viscous consistency traps sperm to prevent it from swimming past any openings around the barrier contraceptive.

You are therefore protected on two fronts, significantly increasing the reliability of your contraception.

ContraGel effectivity and safety are well established. It is CE certified for use as a contraceptive gel to be used along with a barrier contraceptive. ContraGel has a long history of customer satisfaction and excellent ratings. It was manufactured from 1972 until 2003 under the name Contracep Green and more recently under the name ContraGel Green.

ContraGel is water soluble and safe to use with silicone diaphragms and cervical caps, as well as latex or polyurethane condoms. It is also determined to be specifically compatible with YES brand water based lubricants.

ContraGel Ingrédients: Water, Lactic Acid, Sodium Lactate, Methyl Cellulose, Sorbic Acid

The 60 gramme tube of ContraGel typically provides 15-20 applications. These numbers are based on the typical requirements of three to four ml applied to diaphragms and cervical caps for each act of intercourse. Additional ContraGel should be applied to the barrier with a finger or vaginal applicator if more then one act of intercourse occurs.

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Ready to feel fantastic? Why not try these products:
  1. ContraGel - Alternativa Natural al Espermicida - Tubo 60g
    Price (Inc. VAT):
    £14.99
    • 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.

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