Is Lysol a good spermicide or is this a contraception myth / old wive’s tale? Would you ever try a Lysol douche? If you’ve seen the HBO show Boardwalk Empire, you may be wondering if the characters in the show who advocated using Lysol after sex to prevent pregnancy had any ill side effects from douching with household cleaning agents. Here at Pregnancy Glee, we decided to check it out a bit further.
Background of Using Lysol as a Contraceptive:
- Yes, Lysol was commonly used. Check out Wikipedia on Lysol and pregnancy.
- Medicine Net on the History of Birth Control.
- An ad suggesting use of Lysol douching
- Another article about Douching with Lysol
Is this something you should try? Most would suggest you probably shouldn’t. Many women reported scalding of the vagina and the vagina needs balance. Killing off sperm could lead to killing off of healthy flora as well and, as one article we read suggested, sometimes the odours are there for a reason —such as to tell you when something is amiss.
Looking for homemade contraception methods? We wrote a while back about a coca cola spermicide as well as other homemade contraceptives. Cola douching isn’t something that is recommended, either.You may opt to learn as much as you can about your own body’s cues for ovulation. Check out http://pregnancyglee.com/?p=277 for When Should We Try to Conceive, which can help you whether you’re trying to get pregnant or trying to avoid getting pregnant.
What about you? Would you do this? Have you tried Lysol or another home remedy for birth control that you’d like to share? Please comment here or in our forum at: Lysol Birth Control discussion