For many women who prefer to use cervical barrier methods such as the 98% effective Caya Diaphragm for contraception, it is recommended to compliment this method by using a barrier gel, a spermicidal is not necessary. Most popular spermicides in the past have included a popular ingredient called nonoxinol 9. Nonoxinal 9 is a chemical that disturbs or compromises the function of the head of the sperm, thus rendering it useless. While effective, an ever increasing number of women are allergic to nonoxinal 9.
ContraGel is a naturally green spermicidal for use with diaphragms and cervical caps. This water soluble gel contains no synthetic or artificial ingredients and is completely chemical free. When used in conjunction with Diaphragms or Cervical Caps the Contragel Green forms a mechanical barrier in front of the walls of the cervix and lowers the pH value causing sperm to become immobile.
Available in a 60ml tube, it contains the following ingredients:
- Lactic Acid (milk acid)
- Sodium Lactate (natural salt from fermentation)
- Methylcellulose (natural thickener or gel)
- Sorbic acid (natural preservative)