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Glyde On In Without Toxic Spermicide


It’s Organic Sex Week here at Making Love In The Kitchen. All you need to know about making your sex life as whole and healthy, or better said- making sure everything you put in your body is whole and healthy!

Do you know what spermicide is? I mean, I assume you know that it can be squirted up into the nethers and that you can also buy condoms laced in this sperm-killing serum, but do you actually know what is in it?

I know you are now wondering so allow me to explain. The most common of sperm-acide-ing ingredients is a little toxin called nonoxynol-9. As a spermicide, it attacks the acrosomal membranes of the sperm (which is kind of like the hat on the head of the sperm) which paralyzes the little swimmers. Nonoxynol-9 is an alkylphenols, aka a surfactant. These are substances that reduce the surface tension of liquids, allowing them to combine more easily. They are used most commonly in liquid cleaning agents, detergents, and paints. And, my ladies, would you drink a detergent? Well when it goes up into the vag area, you are, just from a different, um... mouth.

The worst part is they’re not even that effective. According to the Environmental Working Group, “a 2004 study found that over a six-month period, the typical-use failure rates for five nonoxynol-9 vaginal contraceptives (film, suppository, and gels at three different concentrations) ranged from 10% to 20%”. So they’re not working and  are theytoxifying our vagsicles. Insult to kooch injury is that according to the CDC, Spermicides causes irritation and increase the risk of HIV.

Other common spermicides include benzalkonium chloride and sodium cholate which are also used in some contraceptive sponges. Benzalkonium chloride might also be available in Canada as a suppository, but you definitely don’t want any chlorides up in your business!

Looking for a natural spermicidal solution? Keep it simple. Lemon juice solutions have been shown to immobilize sperm in the laboratory. And perhaps, we might even have a new use for our lactic acid fermented pickle juice. Lactic acid preparations have also been shown to have some spermicidal effect, and commercial lactic acid-based spermicides are available. I’ll warn you though, before you start making your own type of dill pickle, no published studies on the effectiveness of lactic acid in preventing pregnancy appear to have been done since 1936.

Extractives of the neem plant such as neem oil have also been proposed as spermicides based on laboratory studies.

Now, if you really want to keep the spermies from reaching the eggees during those fertile days in the month, a condom is likely your best bet. But again, you want to make sure they are free of artificifal flavours, colours, and chemicals, just as you would the food you eat. Might I therefore recommend my brand of choice, Glyde. Why Glyde condoms?

  • Organic Flavors: They use organic food grade fruit extracts instead of chemical imitations. Yummy!
  • Fair Trade: Latex rubber is sourced from owner operated plantations. They have a Malaysian manufacturing facility that pays their workers a fair living wage. Love that!
  • Vegan & Cruelty-Free: These condoms are made without casein (a dairy protein), and instead uses thistle extract in its recipe.

Question Of The Day: I don’t have one! I couldn’t think of a question that wasn’t uber personal, so instead, just post any old comment below.

35 Responses to “Glyde On In Without Toxic Spermicide”

  1. Tami said…
    Thanks again for an awesome blog. I've been waiting for this week to start!! I'm really looking forward to the rest of the Organic Sex Week.
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Me too! I think this means we should also all have loads of organic sex too. Get us in the spirit!!!
  2. Jesse said…
    would like to try these...and as an update...went and talked to my GYN about natural birth control (basal temp, cervical fluid, etc) and she was not as against this method as the nurse lead me to believe. She actually encouraged me to go for it! and shot down the notion that there was any "more natural" pills on the market. So I'll be needing some of these condoms by my bedside.
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Thats AMAZING! I love hearing about great doctors. Is she taking new patients?
  3. Lauren said…
    It's interesting how I always thought that I was doing so much better for my body by opting for condoms instead of the pill, and I never even thought about the toxic substances that are on your average condom! Don't know why I never considered this, but thanks for pointing it out and sharing the info about other options. I am really interested in the Lady comp as well...its so expensive though.
  4. Michelle said…
    What would you suggest I use with a diaphragm? Right now I use Gynol as suggested. I have been questioning this for a while now but I have not really looked into alternatives. Just curious :)
  5. Kelly Michelle said…
    Thanks for sharing, this was all new information to me!
  6. julep said…
    i didn't even know these existed! awesome!
  7. Paula said…
    Thanks for the info. I had no idea how many chemicals are used in those products!
  8. Erin said…
    So interesting! I would love to try these.
  9. Kiki said…
    I'd be interested in trying these out! Thanks for all of the helpful information!
  10. Melanie said…
    Oh me me! I'd love to win this set. ;) I am one of those mis-informed people buying regular lubricated condoms from Walmart...aaahh! Time for a change! Great info Meghan!

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