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Encare Review

Encare is a spermicidal suppository which is used to prevent pregnancy. The drug is inserted into the vagina shortly before sexual intercourse.


Indications for use

  • Barrier non-hormonal contraception.

Mechanism of action

Spermicides are chemical agents that inactivate the sperm in the vagina and prevent it from passing into the uterus. Nonoxynol 9, the active ingredient of the drug, causes the death of spermatozoa providing a contraceptive effect.

The drug has a bactericidal effect. Nonoxilon-9 inhibits the growth of the following microorganisms: chlamydia, Gardnerella, mycoplasmas, gonococci, trichomonads, ureaplasma, and also reduces the contagiousness of pale treponema.

Mode of application

A suppository is removed from the package and administered deep into the vagina to the maximum possible depth not later than 10 minutes and not earlier than 60 minutes before sexual intercourse. Be careful, do not allow the suppository to enter the opening of the urethra. With repeated coitus, it is necessary to insert a new suppository. The frequency of use is not limited. After sexual intercourse, it is recommended to refrain from visiting the shower within 6 hours in order to maintain the contraceptive effect.

The duration of the contraceptive effect of Encare vaginal contraceptive does not exceed one hour. Repeated sexual contacts require another dose of suppositories.


Encare spermicide inserts have a number of conditions in which their use is contraindicated.

Absolute contraindications for this birth control method include:

  • anatomical abnormalities or features (usually vaginal) that prevent the normal distribution of the drug;
  • pronounced side effects or allergic reactions to the spermicide component;
  • acute inflammation of the vulva;
  • development of toxic shock;
  • period of menstruation or in the case of bloody discharge (for tampons or sponges);
  • the period earlier than 6 weeks after childbirth.

It is not recommended to use these nonhormonal spermicidal suppositories with an erosion of the cervix due to factors:

  • infringements of a microflora of a vagina;
  • damage to active substances of the epithelium of the vaginal mucosa and cervix;
  • irritating effect on the mucous membrane;
  • destruction of lysozyme (vaginal enzyme) with its antibacterial action.

Such factors of spermicide effects can aggravate erosion.

Side effects

Encare inserts can cause the following side effects:

  • vaginal irritation;
  • unpleasant sensations;
  • itching;
  • burning;
  • irritation;
  • allergies.

Adverse reactions disappear independently, without special treatment.


Encare is not used with other intravaginal drugs: this increases the risk of reducing the contraceptive effect.

Use in pregnancy

Spermicide inserts are contraindicated in pregnancy and breastfeeding.

If the pregnancy has already occurred, but the woman does not yet know about it, the active chemicals that make up the basis of the spermicide (Nonoxynol 9) can cause the deformities of the fetus. Therefore, if a pregnancy has occurred, and you used spermicides, there is no other way out – you need to go to a doctor and have an abortion.

Special instructions

  • Contraceptive effectiveness of vaginal suppositories is low – 20 women of 100 get pregnant;
  • The frequency of using Encare vaginal contraceptive is not limited;
  • Do not use this drug until the onset of menarche;
  • Non-hormonal spermicides can be used for contraceptive purposes both independently and with a condom (for greater efficiency);
  • If a woman has irregularities in the menstrual period, she should consult a doctor;
  • If a woman or her partner notice irritation on the skin, the drug should be discontinued.


Awesome!! Wish I could have bought it before. Now I can't find these suppositories anywhere. Works so much better than jelly and film in other BC methods.
- Jennifer Calvillo

I have been using Encare since I was 20 years old. Now i'm 27 I have never gotten pregnant while using it. I think it very reliable. It's so easy to insert a suppository into the vagina.  Had no terrible side effects. I would definitely highly recommend this product to any woman.
- Linda Swain

I've been using this product for 4 years. Never going back to a hormonal contraceptive pill or injection ever again! Encare is easy to use and my husband can't feel it inside.
- Carina Krug

My GYN thinks this product is not reliable enough as stand-alone birth control. Also caused burning and discomfort. Worked well, I did not get pregnant. But I think it's time to switch to another contraceptive.
- Tillie Looper

Don't use it!!! Experienced pain and burning. It's been 3 days I still feel uncomfortable!!!!!!
- Jane Williams

This is the best birth control ever and it's no longer available in Walmart, CVS, Walgreen. WHY?? It's really expensive on Amazon!
- Georgia

I used Encare and did get pregnant. I only used this contraceptive trying to avoid pregnancy.
- Sue

I have used Encare for 13 years! Love it! It is very effective and affordable. We have NEVER had problems at all! But now I can't find it anywhere and I'm just going crazy!
- Claire

Encare worked great, never got pregnant. My husband and I would have sex multiple times in a night. I am very happy!
- Susanne

I have used Encare for about 20 years and have never gotten pregnant. It's affordable and reliable. The only drawback is that it makes me extremely wet! But it has never once failed me.
- Barbara

So easy to use and effective. This is the only contraceptive I will be using until I decide to get pregnant.
- Amada

My wife and I use Encare and the only complaint she has is excessive wetness. We only use half a strip to reduce the wetness. Hope this helps!
- Alex

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