Source: Steiner, et al. 1995.
Users may prefer different types of spermicidal products, depending
on culture and personal taste. When making decisions about which
spermicidal products to offer, providers should recognize individual
preferences and offer various options whenever possible.
A study of 162 women in Kenya, Mexico and the Dominican Republic
found that vaginal film was preferred over tablets. The portion
preferring film varied significantly, however, from 86 percent
in Kenya to 58 percent in Mexico and only 52 percent in the
Dominican Republic. At each site, even though a majority preferred
the film, a sizeable number had a preference for tablets. This
emphasizes the need for programs to offer a variety of barrier
methods when possible.