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Contraceptive creams and jellies are barrier methods of birth control. Creams and jellies developed for birth control contain spermicide which is a chemical compound that kills the sperm cells on contract. The creams and jellies prevent pregnancy by preventing living sperm from entering the uterus. They are not 100% effective.
Contraceptive creams and jellies are easy-to-use and effective immediately upon application. Creams and jellies are designed to dissolve in the vagina. There is no need to remember to remove anything post-intercourse. Creams and jellies must be reapplied if the condom breaks, or if sexual intercourse takes place after longer than half an hour after the cream or jelly is applied. It is recommended that these types of contraceptive are used in conjunction with another form of birth control. Creams and jellies do not protect against STIs or HIV.