Barrier contraceptives such as diaphragms (Milex, Singer and Caya for example) and cervical caps (such as FemCap, Beacup and Lea Contraceptive) must be used with a spermicide or contraceptive gel. Gygel has designed to fill that need.
Gygel MUST be used with a barrier contraceptive. It should not be used on its own. Even if a user applies the Gygel directly to the cervix within a short time their body temperature will warm up the gel, making it thinner and it will begin to move down the vagina, leaving no protection. Furthermore, the movement of intercourse and the excretion of bodily fluids will expedite it's movement. It is impossible to believe that Gygel could remain applied directly to the cervix for the 6 to 8 hours required after intercourse to reduce the risk of pregnancy. Advice on barrier contraceptives in the UK is available from your G.P. or the Family Planning Association (FPA). Midwives are always a great resource for barrier contraceptive advice as are private Gyno's and clinics.
Remember, if you choose barrier contraception as your chosen method of contraception, you can change up your spermicide. For example, there is a natural alternative, ContraGel which you can find out more about on our Blog.