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Birth Control and Vaginal Contraceptive Film

What Is Vaginal Contraceptive Film?

Vaginal contraceptive film is a paper-thin translucent film that contains a spermicide and is used for birth control.

How Is Vaginal Contraceptive Film Used?

The vaginal contraceptive film is placed in the vagina on or near the cervix where it dissolves in seconds. The film is effective for about one hour and you must wait at least 15 minutes after inserting the film before having intercourse. You must use a new film each time you have intercourse.

Where Can I Get Vaginal Contraceptive Film?

Vaginal contraceptive film is available without a prescription in most drugstores.

How Effective Is Vaginal Contraceptive Film?

Used consistently and correctly, vaginal contraceptive film is 74%-94% effective. When used together and properly, spermicides (like that in the film) and condoms combined are about 97% effective in preventing pregnancy.

Does Vaginal Contraceptive Film Protect Against Sexually Transmitted Diseases?

No. Vaginal contraceptive film does not protect against some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV (the virus that causes AIDS). The male condom provides the best protection from most STDs.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH on August 11, 2014

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