Barrier Method


  • Can be used on demand
  • Can easily be carried with you
  • Not affected by other medications
  • Can be used when breastfeeding
  • Hormone-free


  • Using it may take practice
  • Requires keeping track of the hours inserted
  • Not always suitable for women who have given birth
  • Needs spermicide to be fully effective
  • Can interfere with sexual spontaneity
  • Requires initial fitting by healthcare provider
  • May cause irritation, allergic reactions and urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • If kept in place longer than 24 hours, there is a risk of toxic shock syndrome (TSS). TSS is a rare but serious infection
  • Does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

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