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How effective is contraceptive gel?

How effective is contraceptive gel?

Varies: The theroretical or "perfect" use of a contraceptive gel or cream should approach 85-90 % but actual use is closer to 75-80%. The difference results from variance in use, how long was it in, how long did intercourse last, was intercourse repeated without re-using gel? An individual woman's anatomy may play a factor. A tilted uterus may hide the cervix from the chemical barrier of the gel. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more


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I was looking at spermicides and i found 1 called Contragel Green Contraceptive Gel and 1 person said they got pregnant id like to know how good it is

I was looking at spermicides and i found 1 called Contragel Green Contraceptive Gel and 1 person said they got pregnant id like to know how good it is

Use with caution: ContraGel has been approved for use by the European Union with their issuance of the CE 0124 mark. This is a contraceptive gel mainly used in Europe. It is not FDA approved in USA. It is used with a cervical cap or diaphragm. It is NOT to be used alone. I would not rely on to protect you form pregnancy. It is popular because it is GREEN and does not contain non oxynol 9. ...Read more

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I'm worried about hormones in birth control, how affective are the store bought contraceptives? Like vcf film, conceptrol gel, gynol II gel or encare?

I'm worried about hormones in birth control, how affective are the store bought contraceptives? Like vcf film, conceptrol gel, gynol II gel or encare?

About 95%: Most barrier methods of birth control are about 95% effective if used every time you have intercourse. You can bump that to 98-99% if your partner uses a condom as well. Of course the only way to prevent infection is for him to use condoms. ...Read more

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Is the patch or the contraceptive ring as effective as the pill?

Is the patch or the contraceptive ring as effective as the pill?

Yes: Both the patch and ring are as effective as the pill. Here's link to a simple birth control comparison chart: http://www.Plannedparenthood.Org/health-topics/birth-control/birth-control-effectiveness-chart-22710.Htm. ...Read more

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Is my contraceptive pill going to be effective right away? If not, how long will it take?

Is my contraceptive pill going to be effective right away? If not, how long will it take?

Don't count on it: The general rule for starting a new bcp is to use a back up method for the first cycle. They may be immediately effective but a back up contraceptive is wise as a woman's body gets used to hormonal contraception. ...Read more

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Combined contraceptive pill, is it still effective if you take it at 9 am one day and 12 (midday) the next?

Combined contraceptive pill, is it still effective if you take it at 9 am one day and 12 (midday) the next?

Yes: Three hour difference in one day should not reduce the effectiveness of the pill. It is better to take it at the same time every day to ensure that you do not miss a day. ...Read more