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Phexxi – New Birth Control Gel for Women

Jun 2, 2020 by Smiti Munwani

The US FDA has just approved a new birth control gel called Phexxi for women. While its use is similar to that of a spermicide, it works very differently and is much safer to use.

It contains ingredients commonly found in food additives like lactic acid, citric acid, and potassium bitartrate. The presentation is in the form of a vaginal gel. This comes in pre-filled applicators and has to be inserted up to one hour before intercourse.

Phexxi is a non-hormonal birth control gel for women

It works by keeping the PH acidity level of the vagina at a level that sperms find too acidic. This effectively reduces sperm motility and prevents pregnancy.

In a study carried out among 1,400 women and more than 34,000 acts of intercourse, Phexxi was successful as a contraceptive with a success rate of 86%, which is comparable to or better than other contraceptives like spermicides, condoms, and similar on-demand contraceptives. As it is non-hormonal, it does not have side effects.

Evofem Biosciences, the parent company manufacturing Phexxi, also says that the gel is not only effective for birth control, but research indicates that it helps reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea and chlamydia.  The company is planning to start trials on this aspect of its use by the end of the year.
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