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Vaginal Contraceptive Films (VCF) information?

Hi! I have been looking for reviews on the Vaginal Contraceptive Films as a birth control method and for some reasons all reviews are really outdated (and mixed). looking

Also I have a question that I cant find an answer for in other forums:

As many other girls, I cant use pills anymore for birth control because after 9 years of using them they started giving me terrible side effects. Recently I stopped the pill and decided to track my fertile window (with an app called "clue") and using condoms. But since I am not ready at all for a baby, I wanted to add extra protection with a spermicide. I bought VCF because it looked less messy, but the first time trying it, we got it in with not that much difficulty and waited 15 mins exactly and had sex. The problem, and my question, is that after sex we found on my boyfriend's stomach what was left of the film (a sticky transparent little ball), so my question(s): Is that normal? should we wait more than 15 mins for it to dissolve? we followed the instructions, but how do we make sure it stays in, after it supposedly was already in?

I cant wait for some advice!! lifepreserver

Thank you!
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replied July 13th, 2014
Hi,
Welcome to ehealthforum,
You can wait for about 15-30 minutes after putting vaginal contraceptive film before having penetrative sex and use pillow under buttocks to help with elevation and prevent leaking. If worried about pregnancy consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist for further discussion on other non-hormonal birth control measures and start with using additional measures as recommended after careful evaluation. Look out for development of any new symptoms. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle.
Take care.



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