The DIY craze has taken hold, and for many looking to create a healthier living environment, making everything, from their own shampoo to cleaning agents, gives them assurance that only top quality natural ingredients are present in their product. However, although no method of birth control can ever guarantee 100% protection, and you will be able to find plenty of ideas for homemade spermicide online, spermicide is not something we recommend you whip up in the kitchen.
Forms of homemade contraception include household substances such as honey, baking soda, aloe vera, lemon juice and soft drinks. While some believe that these methods work as spermicides, its best to use a commercial spermicide. But what is the tree-hugging, nature-loving couple who don't want to be exposed to Nonoxonol-9 and other chemicals? ContraGel Green is your answer. 100% natural and certified vegan, this natural spermicide alternative has been independently tested for quality and effectiveness.
Remember, pharmaceutical grade spermicides are not designed to be used on their own, but used in conjunction with a barrier such as a cervical cap or a diaphragm.
What Makes Spermicides Effective?
The first important property of a spermicide is it has a gel or paste-like consistency. This helps it to cling to the barrier device with which it is being used (like a diaphragm or cervical cap) and also plugs any spaces between the barrier that sperm could get through.
A spermicides second property is that its sticky and gunky. Well from a sperm's perspective at least! Basically, the sperm get stuck to it. In the same way that hair gel might stick to your fingers, sperm and the ejaculate in which it is traveling stick to the spermicide.
The final significant property of a spermicide is that it kills sperm. A traditional spermicide will have an active ingredient which acts as the killing agent, most commonly Nonoxynol 9. This works by breaking down the cell walls of the sperm, so as The sperm get stuck in the gel the Nonoxynol 9 gets t to work breaking down the sperm so they are no longer a threat.
However Nonoxynol 9 has a tendency to break down more cells than just in the sperm. It's abrasive nature can cause damage to the skin tissue of both partners! Problems like skin sensitivity and itchiness are one reason why barrier contraceptives such as diaphragms and cervical caps are not used as often as they perhaps could be. Some of the more creative types, desperate not to use hormones, try to cook up their own natural, nonabrasive spermicide. Again, we don't recommend it!
One of the most popular homemade spermicide recipes involves aloe vera gel and lemon juice. To make it, combine 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel with 3 drops of lemon juice. You can keep this mixture refrigerated for up to 72 hours. Although this recipe is often used, it has never been clinically tested and should not be considered a serious form of birth control.
Soft Drinks as Post-Coital Douches
Another popular homemade spermicide method involves using Coca-Cola as an after sex douche. ;Coca-Cola has been considered a wonder cure for everything from colic to hiccups to relieving jelly fish stings. Because of all of its other supposed capabilities, during the 1960s, Americans began to use Coca-Cola as an after-sex spermicide with worrying frequency and many women in third world countries still use Coca-Cola.
The Coca-Cola method was so popular a research team at Harvard was created to study the spermicidal effects of the soft drink, and what they found was not good. Coca-Cola only immobilizes 30% of ejaculated sperm within an hour after intercourse and Coca-Cola douches actually increase the forward velocity of healthy sperm by almost 18 cm/hour therefore increasing the risk of pregnancy.
Need a Natural (But Not Homemade!) Spermicide?
One reason some people try to go for a homemade spermicide is because they don't want to use hormonal contraception and the traditional spermicides tend to carry Nonoxynol-9 which can cause some nasty irritations. There is now a safer and more reliable alternative to homemade spermicide for those who would like a more natural solution for their contraception. ContraGel is a natural alternative to spermicide and contains only natural ingredients, with none of the usual nasty chemicals. No chemicals means no rash or irritation. And the reliability of this natural spermicide means that women can use a barrier method of contraception without having to resort to ineffective DIY spermicides.
ContraGel: Clinically Tested, Yet Natural
Realistically, using a 'Cola duche' or a homemade spermicide is not going to lead to a relaxing and pleasurable sexual experience if one or both partners are worried about the risk of an unwanted pregnancy. Using a clinically controlled yet natural product would seem the logical route to happiness and contraceptive safety.
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