What are vaginal insert contraceptives
Vaginal foams, creams, gels, and suppositories contain spermicides and are 80% effective. Creams and jellies are usually used in conjunction with condoms thus increasing their contraceptive effectiveness and enhancing protection against venereal disease. Foam comes in a pressurized container with a nozzle or a plastic applicator. You should insert the nozzle or applicator deep into your vagina to ensure that the foam is ejected as close to the cervix as possible. Foam has an immediate effect. Vaginal suppositories, on the other hand, take ten to fifteen minutes to dissolve.
How do vaginal contraceptives work
Vaginal contraceptives need to be placed in the vagina just 4-5 minutes before intercourse. The spermicidal action of a vaginal contraceptive lasts for about 1 hour after insertion. The sperm is first immobilized by soluble base and the spermicide then prevents pregnancy from occurring by acting on the sperm and killing it immediately on contact.
What are the advantages of vaginal contraceptives
The main advantages when compared to other methods of contraception are:
- No loss of natural feeling when compared to condoms.
- No side effects such as vomiting, headaches and weight gain when compared to oral pills.
- No bleeding or pain when compared to the Loop.
- No interference of a third party because it is do-it-yourself method.