What exactly is spermicide? Spermicide is a chemical used to reduce the number of living sperm. The fewer sperm swimming around, the less likely you are to get pregnant. The main chemical in spermicide is Nonoxynol-9, which is a very harsh detergent like bleach. Spermicide comes in many forms.
What are some brands of condoms without nonoxynol 9?
WHO | Nonoxynol-9 ineffective in preventing HIV infection
Durex stops making condoms with nonoxynol-9 By January 22 Studies have shown nonoxynol-9 can damage the cellular membranes in the vagina and anus, making the cells more susceptible to HIV infection. SSL said in a statement that the company "is anticipating a material reduction in demand for spermicidally lubricated condoms following a recent WHO report which questioned the level of additional protection provided by such condoms when compared to non-spermicidally lubricated condoms. In light of this, SSL decided to discontinue using the spermicide N-9 in our condom manufacturing process.
What You Should Know About Using Condoms With Spermicidal Lubricant
Our condoms are lubricated without spermicide. However, some spermicides can cause irritation in the rectum or vagina and therefore increase the chance of passing on any infections which might be present. Excessive use of a spermicide called nonoxynol-9 found on Durex Extra Safe, Mates Natural, Mates Conform and Mates Ultra condoms, and in some lubricants is not recommended for this reason, and is best avoided. Durex Condoms did use lubricant that contained the spermicide Nonoxynol-9 N-9 in the past but discontinued use of N-9 products in See link below.
Are you sure you want to delete this answer? Yes Sorry, something has gone wrong. If it has it it nonoxynul-9 will say so on the condom itself. It could be the nonoxynyl-9 that is causing the allergy, or it could be the laytex. You could try lambskin condoms.