Spermicides work by killing the sperm to prevent pregnancy. They can be purchased over the counter at drug stores or at retail stores.
They are sold in a variety of forms including suppository, gel, lotion. foam, sponge and film.
~Easily accessed ~ok to use while breastfeeding
~Lower effectiveness (less than 80%)
Can irritate sensitive skin
Has a taste Has a smell
Potential allergic reaction
Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) is when you monitor your monthly menstrual cycle, and choose to have sex during the days when you are least likely to get pregnant. (during the infertile part of the cycle).
Many women use their calendar, cycle beads, or even an app on a smart phone to keep track.
~No product to 'run out" of
~Body and cycle awareness
~Can also be used to plan a pregnancy
~Effectiveness is varied, especially in those women that do not have regular cycles
~You are limited to only have sex on certain days
~It can be difficult to determine when you are fertile
~Stress, illness, and some medications can reduce effectiveness