There are two spermicidal options to nonoxynol-9 - benzalkonium
chloride (available in Europe) and octoxynol-9 (available in the USA
"Made with a different chemical than what's found in N-9, octoxynol is
another spermicide option that's available on the market in the United
States and Canada as a contraceptive jelly or cream (that comes in two
strengths: 1 and 3 percent), but it's hard to find. For people who use
spermicide along with another form of contraception, such as a
diaphragm or cervical cap, they can choose octoxynol if they
experience irritation, allergies, and/or other side effects from using
N-9. Outside of the U.S., another chemical compound called
benzalkonium chloride is being used as a spermicidal suppository. "
"Octoxynol-9 is present in Koromex cream and Ortho-Gynol jelly and may
be a good alternative for people who experience an irritation or
allergy to Nonoxynol-9."
The only two brands I found that use octoxynol-9 are Koromex and
Ortho-Gynol. When visiting a pharmacy, be aware that these two brands
also have other products which might contain nonoxynol-9.
Although there are a few online stores selling birth control products,
I only found one that sells an octoxynol-9 based spermicide (see
below). A good web site for finding a pharmacy near you is Smart
Pages. Just enter "pharmacies" and the city and state where you live,
into the search box.
For outside the USA, you can find online yellow pages at:
Visit this page and click on "Protected order form" to order:
It is possible it is no longer manufactured, as it does not appear on
the products page at Ortho-McNeil.com:
Koromex is manufactured by Schmid Laboratories, a division of London
International, which is a British company:
Schmid Laboratories, (864) 225-1291, 101 Schmid Plaza Rd, Anderson, SC
Brooks are a Texas company that distribute it:
Brooks contact details:
A European brand that uses benzalkonium chloride is Pharmatex -
pharmacies in Europe should stock it. Unfortunately their website is
Other options, including BufferGel, are in or nearing human trials:
Google searches used:
"types of spermicide"
spermicide octoxynol nonoxynol-9
I trust that this answers your query. Feel free to request
clarifications on any aspect of my response.
Thanks for using Google Answers, and best wishes,