Vaginal contraceptive film is a paper-thin film that has a spermicide in it. A woman can place it in her vagina on or near the cervix (the entrance to the uterus), where the film dissolves in seconds. The spermicide in it works for about an hour.
You should wait at least 15 minutes after inserting the film before having sex. And you must use a new film each time you have intercourse.
It's a question you hear your doctor ask every time he prescribes medicine: What other drugs do you take? He's not just curious. Some meds don't work well if you take them together. The same thing is true of birth control that contains hormones. If you want it to work right, you need to avoid certain medications.
The pill -- and some other types of birth control like the patch, ring, or injections -- usually contain the female sex hormones estrogen and progestin. They stop eggs from leaving the...