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This is Teenzone’s second part of the contraception series. We introduced the topic a few weeks ago in the form of an article. When we started the article we had no idea just how many forms of female contraception there was available. So, instead of forcing you to read one article with a bajillion word in them, we decided to feed them to you in smaller bite sizes. If you missed the first part of the series visit – Part 1: Contraception. Other articles that you might also finding interesting include Part 1: Sex Myths and Part 2: HIV and Aids Myths.

  1. Contraceptive Film:

A Contraceptive Film is a small square of clear film that is placed in the vagina. The VCF turns into a gel substance, that consists of spermicide, once it is in the vagina. The VCF covers your cervix and therefore it stops sperm from entering your uterus. The spermicide further kills the sperm.

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Advantages:

  • It’s easy to use.
  • You only have to use this method when you have sex.
  • It’s not as messy or expensive as other spermicidal methods like foam or jelly.
  • You and your partner(s) shouldn’t be able to feel it.
  • There are no hormonal side effects.
  • It doesn’t affect your ability to get pregnant in the future.
  • You don’t need a prescription to buy it.

Disadvantages:

  • VCF is not as effective as other methods of birth control, particularly hormonal methods.
  • You have to put a new film in each time you have sex, and you have to wait 15 minutes for it to dissolve into a gel before it’s effective.
  • You or your partner could experience side effects.
  • You should not use it if you or your partner(s) are allergic to spermicides.
  • VCF does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
  • Frequent use of spermicides may irritate your vagina, which can make getting some STIs more likely.
  1. Contraceptive Foam:

Contraceptive Foam, like Contraceptive Film, contains spermicides that kills the sperm before they reach the uterus. This form of contraception can be effective if used properly. Foam is used usually used in combination with condoms. The foam with condom usage has a 95% effective rate but if the foam is used without a condom, it is only 80% effective. Most women who cannot use hormonal-based contraception opt for Contraceptive Foam.

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Advantages:

  • Easily accessible and inexpensive.
  • You don’t need a prescription  to buy it.
  • It is hormone-free and it works immediately.
  • Women who are breast-feeding can take it.

Disadvantages:

  • A common complaint is that it causes irritation and infection.
  • It does not protect you from HIV and Aids as well as other STIs, STD testing is your ally.
  • You should not use it if you or your partner(s) are allergic to spermicides.

By: Kriszti Bottyan

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