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Encare Side Effects
Chance of pregnancy: Risks are higher than being on a prescription medication for birth control.
Blood clots & Encare: Encare is a topical, spermicidal form of birth control. Because it doesn't contain female hormones, it should be safe for you. Just keep in mind that it won't protect against sexually transmitted diseases, and can have an approximately 20% failure rate over the course of a year if used alone. Therefore, it is best to use it and a condom at the same time.
High failure rate: There is a 28% failure rate using spermicide alone. Use spermicide plus a barrier method such as a condom, diaphragm or cervical cap for greater protection. Effectiveness rises to 95% when using spermicide plus a barrier.
Can I get pregnant if I used only ONE Encare spermicide capsule, but had sex TWICE? Both times happened in the same hour
Maybe...: Encare Spermacide Inserts are supposed to be effective for 1 hour after insertion. So from that perspective, you should be fine. However, you need to know that spermacides like Encare have a fairly high failure (pregnancy) rate: One in 5 women who use this method will get pregnant each year. If you really don't want to get pregnant, you should get on a more effective method. Best Wishes!See 1 more doctor answer
Period: Chance of getting pregnant on your period - if you are absolutely certain that the bleeding is 'your period' - are quite low.