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Phexxi: The Newest Non-Hormone Birth Control

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Birth control has continued to evolve since its introduction in the 1960s. So many options have been available from pill to IUD to the patch to the Depot-shot and now the latest in the market: Phexxi. Phexxi is a non-hormonal contraceptive gel. It is a prescription vaginal gel that prevents you from getting pregnant.

How Does Phexxi Work?

Though not a spermicide, Phexxi is applied in a similar way. The contraceptive is inserted into the vagina using a pre-filled applicator. Once it is inside, push the plunger rod to release the gel. You’re good to go. You apply Phexxi in your vagina before sex and it will prevent sperm from contacting an egg.

Phexxi doesn’t allow pregnancy to occur by lowering the PH in your vagina when sperm is present. This slows or halts the movement of sperm reducing considerably the chances of a sperm meeting an egg.



Is Phexxi Effective?

If used correctly, Phexxi has proved to be 93% effective. However, since most people make mistakes while using it, the effectiveness may come to 86% which translates that about 14 out of 100 women who use Phexxi still become pregnant. If you are having sex, it is very important to follow guidelines strictly while using the contraceptive so as to achieve the desired result otherwise you may get pregnant afterward.

Phexxi gives even better results when you complement it with another birth control method such as condoms, withdrawal, internal condoms, or a diaphragm. It is quite safe to combine Phexxi with any of these birth control methods. You can also use Phexxi along with hormonal birth control methods such as the pill or patch. However, do not combine Phexxi with the vaginal ring also called NuvaRing. Be aware of these tips.

If you want a contraceptive that offers the best protection from pregnancy and comfort, you should consider IUD and an implant. They are more advanced and more effective in birth control. Once you have them in your body, you don’t have any other obligation to carry out. They just do their job.

Using Phexxi doesn’t protect you from STDs. You can protect yourself from STDs by having a consistent sexual partner, getting tested regularly, and using condoms too. When you use Phexxi with condoms, you increase the chances of not getting pregnant.

How is Phexxi Used?

Phexxi is packaged in pre-filled applicators. You need to apply one full applicator each time you engage in sex. The procedure is similar to using a tampon. Follow the instructions on the Phexxi package or visit the Phexxi website to obtain all the guidelines to ensure you insert it in your vagina correctly. Failure to put it right amounts to wasting the product, your money and possibly getting pregnant.

The vaginal gel prevents pregnancy for up to one hour after application. This means once you apply Phexxi, you should have sex within the next 60 minutes else it expires. You will need to apply a fresh one. And you must use a new applicator each time you are having sex. This means that if you have sex more than once even within one hour, you should put a new applicator of Phexxi in your vagina each time you have sex. And if you don’t have sex within one hour of putting Phexxi, but you are still going to have sex, you should put a new applicator of Phexxi in your vagina.  Phexxi works if you use it before sex and not after sex. Putting is in your vagina after sex is like putting the cart before the horse.

 It’s safe to use Phexxi with latex or plastic condoms. Combining it with condoms will even give you extra pregnancy protection. Condoms also protect you and your partner from STDs.

You can also apply  Phexxi with a diaphragm (use the spermicide that accompanies your diaphragm according to the directives, put your diaphragm in your vagina, and then put Phexxi in your vagina after you put in your diaphragm). Remember you can use Phexxi with some hormonal birth control types such as pills or patches. But never combine Phexxi with vaginal ring (NuvaRing)..

Safeguard your unopened Phexxi applicators in the original foil package, at room temperature in a dry place.

If you’re already pregnant or think you may be pregnant, don’t use Phexxi. If you’re nursing or planning to nurse a baby consult your health care provider before using Phexxi. Researchers are not yet sure if Phexxi can filter into breast milk.

Once your health care provider approves you to start having sex after an abortion, miscarriage, or childbirth, you can use Phexxi. Your menstruation can not prevent you from using Phexxi. It is safe.

You can use Phexxi even if you’re taking drugs that treat vaginal infections such as miconazole, metronidazole, and tioconazole.

Inform your medical care provider about all the medicines you take like prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements — before you start using Phexxi.

How do I Obtain Phexxi?

You require a prescription to get Phexxi. You can get a prescription from any of your medical caregivers. It’s not difficult to get. In some states, you may even get a prescription directly from a pharmacist. You can also visit the Phexxi website to get a prescription.

If you have health insurance, it may qualify you to get Phexxi at low cost or even free of cost.

Your health care provider will tell you more about how to use health insurance to pay for Phexxi. You can also talk to your insurance provider to help you out. If you have private insurance (insurance that’s not through Medicaid or another government program) Phexxi has a cost-saving program that will help you save money.

What are the benefits of Phexxi?

·       Phexxi is a non-hormonal contraceptive like spermicide. If you prefer non-hormonal birth control or can’t use birth controls that impact hormones, Phexxi may be ideal for you as it doesn’t cause any hormonal changes in your body.

·       Phexxi doesn’t contain nonoxynol-9 in it, unlike spermicide.  So Phexxi doesn’t increase your risk of STDs like spermicide can.

·       Phexxi gives you confidence while having sex so you won’t be worried mid-way about birth control. Your partner can help you put Phexxi in your vagina as part of foreplay. Since you can only use Phexxi when you have sex, you won’t be bothered about any side effects when you’re not having sex.

What are the disadvantages of Phexxi?

·       Since Phexxi is used every time you’re having sex and should be used correctly for it to be effective some people find it hard to use. They feel it’s complex.

·       Some people find it cumbersome to put Phexxi in their vagina every single time they have sex.

·       Some people may develop side effects when they use Phexxi.

Common side effects of Phexxi are:

You may experience burning, itching, irritation, or discomfort in your vagina.

If you have had several UTIs or have urinary tract issues, don’t use Phexxi. Phexxi may also irritate your partner’s penis. If after sex, you or your partner experience soreness or irritation in your genitals you may be reacting to the contraceptive.

Stop using Phexxi if you or your partner have signs of an allergic reaction such as flushing, shortness of breath, irritation, low blood pressure, or fainting spells. Consult your medical care provider immediately.

 

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