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As a teen, how effective is spermicidal jelly?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Made of nonoxynyl-9 or other sperm-killing agents, these can be inserted into the vagina like a tampon, but unlike a tampon, they do
not need to be removed, since the foam or jelly gets absorbed within one to two hours after use. These methods need to be used in conjunction with a condom for pregnancy prevention, not just applied on a condom. Rubbers lubricated with spermicidals are still only 85 percent effective against pregnancy; you still need a second form of protection.

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