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spermicide

 [sper´mĭ-sīd]
an agent destructive to spermatozoa. adj., adj spermici´dal.

sper·ma·to·cide

(sper'mă-tō-sīd'),
An agent destructive to spermatozoa.
Synonym(s): spermicide
[spermato- + L. caedo, to kill]

spermicide

/sper·mi·cide/ (sper´mĭ-sīd) an agent destructive to spermatozoa.spermici´dal

spermicide

(spûr′mĭ-sīd′)
n.
A substance or agent that kills spermatozoa, especially one used as a contraceptive. Also called spermatocide.

sper′mi·cid′al (-sīd′l) adj.

spermicide

spermicide

A contraceptive chemical that kills sperm, which is placed in the vagina or within a condom before sexual intercourse to prevent pregnancy.

spermicide

Spermaticide A contraceptive agent with a high failure rate–11.9 pregnancies/100 woman-yrs Formulations Foams, creams, sponges; most contain a surfactant nonoxynol 9, an agent that ↓ risk of STDs–it is bactericidal and viricidal; spermicides are not associated with teratogenesis or trisomies, although some 'soft' data suggest possible limb reduction defects. See Contraceptives, IUDs, Litogens, Pearl index, RU 486.

sper·mi·cide

(spĕr'mi-sīd)
An agent destructive to sperms.
Synonym(s): spermatocide.

Spermicide

An agent that is destructive to sperm.

spermicide

an agent destructive to spermatozoa.
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However, only a minority of women expressed favourable attitudes towards the other forms of contraception including "morning after" pill (15% to 32%), contraceptive foam (12% to 18%), the female condom (11% to 20%), and injectable contraception (11%-16%) (Table 4).
Four per cent use the withdrawal method, six per cent use the copper IUD, three per cent the contraceptive injection, one per cent have implants, two per cent use the rhythm method and one per cent use contraceptive foams and gels.
Food and Drug Administration is considering placing a warning on labels of over-the-counter contraceptives that include contraceptive foams, creams, gels, films, suppositories, diaphragms, female condoms and cervical caps) that contain the spermicide nonoxynol-9.