The barrier method is not limited only to male condoms. Female condoms are made out of polyurethane plastic that is put into the vagina before intercourse. Like its external counterpart, the female condom can also effectively prevent pregnancy and STIs when used properly. Many of them can be bought online or in clinics without the need for a prescription.
The diaphragm is a reusable type barrier method contraceptive shaped like a dome. It is worn with spermicide inside the vagina to prevent sperm from entering. The diaphragm is required to be worn at least 6 hours after intercourse or else the sperm may enter the vagina.
In order to obtain it, you must get a prescription from a healthcare professional. At times, it can also be bought in specific health centers.
Like the diaphragm, the cervical cap is a reusable contraceptive inserted into the vagina to block sperm. It must be used with spermicide in order to be effective. After use, it must remain in the vagina for at least 6 hours to avoid accidental pregnancy.
Cervical caps can be reused up to a year after their first use when taken care of. They are available in most drug stores or in health centers with a doctor’s prescription.
This barrier method contraceptive is made out of sponge-like foam material that has spermicide. Like the diaphragm and the cervical cap, it is inserted into the vagina prior to intercourse. Although it is limited in terms of availability, you may have a chance to obtain them online in trusted stores.
The importance of spermicide in the barrier method
Spermicide is the chemical that helps stop sperm from entering the vagina. It is used in tandem with certain barrier methods like the diaphragm, cervical cap, and the sponge.