Spermicidal pessaries, ointment and jelly, early 20th century.

Image number: 10284384

Spermicidal pessaries, ointment and jelly, early 20th century.

Spermicidal pessaries are inserted into the vagina and work by destroying sperm before they can reach the uterus, thereby helping to prevent pregnancy. Spermicides are not very effective at preventing pregnancy when they are used on their own, but are useful for increasing the effectiveness of other contraceptive methods such as condoms, caps and diaphragms.

Image number:
10284384
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
29 October 2003 13:23
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Science Museum