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Condoms - Lubricated with Spermicide


Updated February 03, 2014

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Condoms - Lubricated with Spermicide
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Price :

Average. Spermicidally-lubricated condoms don't cost more than other condoms.

Ease of Acquisition :

Available at most drug stores and online

Use During Vaginal Intercourse :

The only time when condoms with spermicidal lubricant might be considered to have an advantage over other condoms is for monogamous heterosexual couples who are more concerned about pregnancy than STDs.

Use During Oral Sex :

Condoms with spermicidal lubricant are particularly bad for oral sex. Nonoxynol-9 not only can make your tongue go numb... it tastes horrible!

Use During Anal Sex :

Nonoxynol-9 may cause damage to the rectal lining that could increase the likelihood of transmitting HIV or another infection. Condoms without N-9 are probably a better idea for anal sex.

The Verdict:

Spermicidally lubricated condoms are, most often, latex condoms lubricated with nonoxynol-9. Although spermicide should increase the contraceptive efficacy of the condom, that may be offset by the disadvantages of a spermicidal personal lubricant. There is evidence that use -- particularly frequent use -- of spermicidal lubricant containing N-9 may actually increase a person's susceptibility to STDs. Because of this, few sex educators will recommend use of spermicidally lubricated condoms.


Food and Drug Administration, HHS. (2007) "Over-the-counter vaginal contraceptive and spermicide drug products containing nonoxynol 9; required labeling. Final rule." Fed Regist. 2007 Dec 19;72(243):71769-85.

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