So you want to go with barrier contraceptives? Many women who choose non-hormonal contraception do too, but an all too common problem doesn't have to do with the barrier itself, but the accompanying spermicide. Chemical laden spermicides or contraceptive gels can lead to irritation or an itchy rash and can be a show stopper for some couples and actually prohibit the use of the desired contraceptive. ContraGel Green is at the forefront of the revival of barrier contraception, because until now, no spermicide meant no barrier usage. Now however, ContraGel Green offers an all natural alternative, so at last your diaphragm or cervical cap can be used without rash or irritation.
ContraGel has recently been launched in the UK to help solve a wide range of issues associated with the usual spermicides prescribed by the NHS. By only using100% natural ingredients, ContraGel Green reduces the risk and occurrence of many adverse reactions which are synonymous with chemically packed spermicides, in particular those containing Nonoxynol-9 (N-9) such as Gygel and Gynol II. N-9 is an abrasive agent, most commonly found in detergents and has been identified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as actually increasing the risk of HIV/AIDS in certain situations. For this reason it has also become increasingly hard to buy spermicide in countries such as the USA, Australia, and New Zealand as their health services and agencies turn their back on it. Stopping prescription of a dangerous chemical based product or treatment is good, however, what does the patient do? Hormonal contraception? We are sure that is what the NHS and the pharmaceutical companies would like to hear!
N-9's ability to kill microbes in-vitro was initially taken as evidence that it might be effective at preventing STD transmission. However, more recent findings indicate that it may actually increase a person's risk of contracting STDs, especially if used frequently. This is because the chemical causes tiny abrasions inside the sensitive vaginal and anal walls.
From 1996 to 2000, a UN-sponsored study carried out in several locations in Africa followed nearly 1000 sex workers who used nonoxynol-9 gels or a placebo. The HIV infection rate among those using nonoxynol-9 was about 50% higher than those who used the placebo; those using nonoxynol-9 also had a higher incidence of vaginal lesions, which may have contributed to this increased risk. Whereas these results may not be directly applicable to lower-frequency use, these findings combined with a lack of any demonstrated HIV-prevention benefit from nonoxynol-9 use have led most major health agencies to recommend that it no longer be used by women at high risk of HIV infection. The WHO further states that "Nonoxynol-9 offers no protection against sexually transmitted infections such as gonorrhoea, chlamydia."
Regular use of Nonoxynol-9 also appears also to increase the risk of infection with sexually transmitted human papillomaviruses (HPVs) that can cause cervical cancer.
Contragel green is water soluble means it’s safe to use with natural latex, rubber or polyurethane condoms as well as latex or silicone rubber diaphragms and cervical caps.
When used with a cervical cap such as FemCap, ContraGel Green forms a physical barrier with a low pH value just in front of the cervix, inhibiting and immobilizing the sperm. The woman is protected twice, first by the cap and then by the gel.
ContraGel is a very safe contraceptive gel for those who are investigating their natural birth control methods. As a Lactic Acid-based gel, Contragel is similar to Femprotect, which is based upon the formula used for DiaphragmaGel Lacto. There have been no clinical studies to prove the spermicidal function of Femprotect and there have been no clinical studies to prove the effectiveness of Femprotect so users use it at their own risk. On the other hand, ContraGel has been approved for use by the European Union with their issuance of the CE 0124 mark.
ContraGel comes in a 60ml tube. Most spermicides tend to come in 30ml tubes for around the same price meaning that ContraGel users make great savings as well as avoiding the risks associated with N-9.
Our product is a tried and tested alternative to spermicide, that has been produced and used in this composition for over 35 years First manufactured by the Family Planning Association (NVSH) from 1972 until 2003 under the name Contracep Green this product has been bought back into production through consumer demand by DeltaMed GmbH, a German based ISO 13458 Certified manufacturer, rebranding the product ContraGel Green.
ContraGel Green is a Class IIa medical device approved for retail sale and home use under CE 0124 certification. No medical prescription is required (available over the counter) and full manufacturer’s instructions are included in English, Dutch, French, Italian and Spanish with every unit.
It is worth remembering that intercourse only has the risk of pregnancy for about 6 days per cycle during your Fertility Window. A healthy egg is only able to be fertilized for 18-24 hours and sperm cannot survive for more than 5 days inside the vagina so that span of 6 days (5 days before and the day of ovulation) are really the only times when barrier contraception needs to be used for pregnancy protection. Click here to learn more about identifying your Fertility Window for contraception
After a recent evaluation, the Yes Yes Company, which sells organic lubricants, has verified that ContraGel Green is compatible with their range of organic water-based lubricants. These lubricants will not damage latex diaphragms, condoms or cervical caps and like ContraGel, can be used as frequently as desired. An added bonus of combining ContraGel with Yes water based lubricants is that the acidic nature of Yes water-based lubricants actually inhibits sperm motility. Sperm lose their ability to swim below around pH6 and these water lubricants match the typical vaginal pH4. So while Yes water-based lubricant is not a spermicide, it does stop them from getting anywhere. Go all natural in your contraceptive methods and take advantage of using two amazing natural products together!
Starting at: £2.95
ContraGel Green, the Natural, Vegan Alternative to Spermicide, large 60g tube. The ideal gel for your diaphragm or cervical cap, natural and safe. Compatible with YES Organic lubricants and our range of vegan condoms.