Is Vaginal Contraceptive Film Effective?

September 4, 2018

Vaginal contraceptive film (VCF) is a hormone-free sheet of spermicidal movie, somewhat similar to wax paper. It is put into the vagina before intercourse to prevent pregnancy. The ultra-thin VCF sheet is transparent, water-soluble, also contains the spermicide nonoxynol-9, which kills sperm on contact.

VCF Benefits

  • VCF is a over-the-counter product that’s widely available at drugstores without a prescription and may be bought online.
  • Used with a condom, you can increase the potency for pregnancy avoidance to 97 percent.
  • Small dimensions (2-inches square), portable, and they come in individually sealed components.
  • Easy to use
  • Not cluttered and doesn’t stain
  • Enables for spontaneity, lasts for 3 hours
  • Hormone-free
  • Can’t be felt by either partner because it contains a less inactive ingredient than is required in foams, gels, suppositories, and creams used to supply the spermicide.

VCF Disadvantages

  • STD Protection: VCF does not protect against HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Some studies have indicated that frequent use of products containing nonoxynol-9 can increase vaginal irritation, which may increase the risk of getting STDs from infected partners.
  • Spermicidal methods (when used alone) have a greater failure rate than many other birth control procedures, including permanent procedures, hormonal birth control, and barrier methods.

    How to Utilize VCF

    VCF must be manually inserted into the vagina all the way up into the cervix. It dissolves almost immediately after insertion. There’s nothing to remove. This vaginal contraceptive will melt into a thick gel consistency by massaging vaginal secretions, so it acts as a barrier to immobilize sperm.

    Your partner can add the VCF film, but it’s crucial to place it far enough inside the vagina so it is in contact with the cervix. You need to be sure your spouse can locate your cervix with a finger so it gets put properly.

    VCF has to be added at least 15 minutes before sex to get it completely dissolve and operate effectively. VCF has a shelf life of five years on all produced batches.

    VCF Effectiveness and Safety

    Vaginal contraceptive film is considered to be an effective and safe contraceptive when used regularly and according to the instructions provided. There are almost no side effects when using VCF. Based on Apothecus Pharmaceutical (the maker of VCF), only 2 percent of VCF users have reported slight irritation or burning of the vagina or penis.

    Apothecus maintains that VCF has undergone many safety and efficacy studies conducted globally. Apothecus asserts in such clinical studies,”VCF, when used as directed, has a Pearl Index failure rate of 5.9.” This means that out of 100 women using VCF for one year, 5.9 will end up pregnant (correlating to a 94 percent success rate). However, the CDC lists the”perfect use” efficacy for spermicidal methods at a failure rate of 18 percent, or only 82 percent successful in the initial year of use.

    Normal user efficacy rates (individuals who may not use it regularly or may forget it occasionally ) are closer to 74 percent, therefore using typical use 26 out of every 100 women who use contraceptive film will become pregnant during the first year. This is much like the failure rate of all spermicidal methods, which is at 28 from 100 women with typical use.