When you’re making contraceptive choices, it pays to know exactly what’s going in your body. IF perfectly used, condoms have a pretty good success rate when it comes to preventing pregnancy and transmission of STIs. And, that’s before you consider the unique design of a condom like HEX! But, does HEX use spermicide? And if it doesn’t, why not?
Do HEX condoms use spermicide?
No, HEX condoms do not use spermicide. The original LELO HEX condom is made up of a hexagon structure that delivers strength, thinness, and sensation. Because of this innovative design, it’s been dubbed one of the most important advances in condom technology. But why doesn’t it have spermicide?
Is spermicide recommended?
Spermicides are one of the oldest types of contraceptive methods. Currently, the most commonly used spermicide, (which can be a gel or foam, if not already on a condom) is nonoxynol-9. It can be applied to barrier methods (like condoms or diaphragms) or put inside of the vagina. Spermicide on its own is one of the least effective contraceptive methods, even with perfect use.
According to the WHO, there is no evidence that a spermicidally-coated condom is any more effective at preventing pregnancy than a condom without spermicidal coating.
The WHO also found that there is some evidence that spermicides may increase risk of HIV transmission, as it can cause microtears internally. Additionally, spermicide can offer a bit more lubrication, some people might find it irritating to their genitals. We recommend a pH-balanced Personal Moisturizer instead!
If you are very concerned about the possibility of getting pregnant, then it’s best to pair your barrier protection (like HEX) with a secondary method. It could be an oral contraceptive pill, or other contraceptive methods that do or do not use hormones, such as IUDs, the ring, implant, or shots. Talk to your GP to find out more!