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Q: spermicide without nonoxynol-9 ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: spermicide without nonoxynol-9
Category: Health
Asked by: familyplan-ga
List Price: $4.00
Posted: 19 May 2002 18:04 PDT
Expires: 18 Jun 2002 18:04 PDT
Question ID: 16994
Where to get a spermicide without nonoxynol-9?
Name and adress of shop or manufacturer. 

and i mean spermicide, not stuff like "contracep groen" based on
lactic acod that just waekens them.
Subject: Re: spermicide without nonoxynol-9
Answered By: robertskelton-ga on 19 May 2002 20:35 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi there,

There are two spermicidal options to nonoxynol-9 - benzalkonium
chloride (available in Europe) and octoxynol-9 (available in the USA
and Canada).

"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:

Ortho-Gynol Jelly

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


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
in Hungarian:

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,
from robertskelton-ga

Request for Answer Clarification by familyplan-ga on 20 May 2002 04:33 PDT
nice to see that you gone the woodway for octoxynol, too ;-) 

Thanks for the hint towards benzalkonium

ordered through a international pharmacy (in the international
pharmacies database it says octoxynol-9) it arrived some days later
and on the box is printed: "nonoxynol-9" :-(

is not available. 
there are simlar named produkts now, as you can see at   
(yes i am webmaster to this little shop)
but they all contain nonoxynol.

Thanks to your help perhaps soon there will be the produkts available
which are with  benzalkonium chloride.

Provide the postal adress for the manufacturer and i am pleased.

Clarification of Answer by robertskelton-ga on 20 May 2002 19:01 PDT
Here are the contact details for the Hungarian manufacturer of
Pharmatex (the product which uses benzalkonium chloride):

Laboratoire Innothec International
Magyarországon képviseli: Ubepharm
Iroda: 1138 Budapest, Bodor u. 8. I/9.
Telefon/fax: 06 1 359 7113

taken from:

Image of their products:

This page has some more information on benzalkonium chloride: 
( in French - translate using )

There is another product available in Europe called Neo-Sampoon, which
uses a different active ingredient, menfegol. It is a foaming tablet.
I was unable to find any further information on it, although one web
page mentioned it as the most used spermidical product worldwide.

It appears that the next spermicide without nonoxynol-9 to be released
will be Preventx:

"Preventx Antimicrobial and Contraceptive Gel will be available
following the completion of Phase III clinical trials and subsequent
review and approval by the FDA"
familyplan-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
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