spermicide

noun
sper·​mi·​cide | \ ˈspər-mə-ˌsīd How to pronounce spermicide (audio) \

Definition of spermicide

: a preparation or substance (such as nonoxynol-9) used to kill sperm

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Other Words from spermicide

spermicidal \ ˌspər-​mə-​ˈsī-​dəl How to pronounce spermicidal (audio) \ adjective

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Cons: Not for those allergic to silicone or spermicide; can be tricky to insert; may lead to more urinary infections. The Editors, Marie Claire, "Every Contraception Method Out There," 14 June 2019 Most brands of condoms do contain spermicide — just check the label on the box to be sure. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "What's the Best Form of Birth Control for You?," 31 Oct. 2017 Lemon juice and other acidic substances were tried long before modern spermicides landed in condoms. National Geographic, "Lemons, Sponges, and Other Old Forms of Birth Control," 19 Feb. 2016 Most brands of condoms do contain spermicide — just check the label on the box to be sure. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "What's the Best Form of Birth Control for You?," 23 Mar. 2016 Yeasty While there's normally a small amount of yeast present inside your vagina, yeast infections occur when there's an overgrowth due to lubrications, spermicides, antibiotic use, or even pregnancy, according to ACOG. Elizabeth Narins, Cosmopolitan, "6 Vaginal Odors Every Woman Needs to Know About," 23 June 2017 Lemon juice and other acidic substances were tried long before modern spermicides landed in condoms. National Geographic, "Lemons, Sponges, and Other Old Forms of Birth Control," 19 Feb. 2016 Yeasty While there's normally a small amount of yeast present inside your vagina, yeast infections occur when there's an overgrowth due to lubrications, spermicides, antibiotic use, or even pregnancy, according to ACOG. Elizabeth Narins, Cosmopolitan, "6 Vaginal Odors Every Woman Needs to Know About," 23 June 2017

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First Known Use of spermicide

1929, in the meaning defined above

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spermicide

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spermicide

: a substance that is used to kill sperm in order to prevent pregnancy

spermicide

noun
sper·​mi·​cide | \ ˈspər-mə-ˌsīd How to pronounce spermicide (audio) \

Medical Definition of spermicide

: a preparation or substance (as nonoxynol-9) used to kill sperm

called also spermatocide

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