Vaginal Contraceptive Film (VCF)
Film (VCF) is a square of very thin material that
dissolves quickly in the vagina and releases a spermicide that
kills sperm. No applicator is needed. VCF is washed away with
the natural vaginal fluids.
How do you use VCF?
It is important that there is
no contact between the vagina and penis before VCF is inserted
because sperm is present in the pre-cum or pre-ejaculate.
* Remove one film from the package with dry fingers. Fold it
in half and place over fingertip. Slide your finger, covered with
the VCF film, into the vagina as far as you can go so the film
rests on or near the cervix (at the top end of your vagina).
* Insert VCF not less than 15 minutes and not more than 1 hour
before intercourse. If more than one hour passes since the VCF
was inserted, insert another film. Use one VCF for each act of
* VCF can be inserted by a woman or her partner. (Placing the
film on the tip of the penis is not recommended because the film
will not have enough time to dissolve, and because the film may
not end up covering the cervical opening.)
How effective is VCF?
VCF is approximately 80% effective
in preventing pregnancy which is about the same as other spermicides.
If VCF is used with another contraceptive method such as condoms,
there will be better protection against pregnancy. Condoms
also help in preventing sexually
Does VCF cause any side effects?
Vaginal contraceptive films seldom
cause vaginal or penile irritation. Rare side effects may include
itching, burning on urination, slight inflammation of the vagina,
pain, and increased white discharge. If discomfort does occur
at a time when you are using VCF, discontinue use. Should the
irritation continue, consult your physician.
It is important to follow the
instructions on the package insert. It may take some practice
to use this method and you need to feel comfortable with your
body to insert it properly.
VCF can be purchased at a drug store without a prescription and
is found with other contraceptive/birth control products.
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