As mentioned in previous posts, N-9 spermicides tend to irritate a large amount of their users because they contain the harsh chemical ingredient, nonoxynol-9 (N-9) which is also found in cleaning products. So what you need is a natural alternative.

So here it is. ContraGel , the natural alternative to spermicide. As an ethical company we LOVE products like this.

Granted, if someone wants to move away from hormonal contraception then using a diaphragm and regular spermicide is a fantastic option. But if even the spermicide could be switched out for something natural, well better still!

ContraGel's full name is ContraGel Green and recently a variation of the packaging was released using the Caya brand and so you'll see Caya Gel out there too but it's really still ContraGel.

ContraGel Key Points:

  • Instantly reversible contraception.
  • Does not contain Nonoxynol 9.
  • Hormone-free
  • Available Over The Counter (OTC Non-Prescription)
  • Over 35 years production history.
  • European manufactured.
  • CE 0124 certified and health approved in Canada.

100% Natural Ingredients:

  • Water
  • Lactic Acid
  • Sodium Lactate
  • Methyl Cellulose
  • Sorbic Acid
  • Vanillin

Because lactic-acid based spermicides such as ContraGel Green are water soluble, they are safe to use with natural latex rubber and polyurethane condoms, latex and silicon rubber diaphragms, and cervical caps. ContraGel Green forms a mechanical barrier with a low PH value in front of the cervix when used with a diaphragm or cervical cap. This inhibits and immobilizes the sperm. When used together, the contraceptive barrier (such as the diaphragm) and ContraGel Green provide twice the amount of contraceptive protection.

ContraGel is a great alternative for those wanting to practice a more natural form of birth control. Femprotect is also another lactic acid-based spermicide which is based upon the formula used for DiaphragmaGel Lacto. Because no clinical studies have been conducted to prove Femprotect’s effective or ineffectiveness as a spermicide, you must use it at your own risk. ContraGel on the other hand, has been approved for use by the European Union and has been issued the CE 0124 mark.

Within the UK the MHRA respects the CE mark and it can be found easily in the UK, including on our website.

While most spermicides are sold in 30 ml tubes for around the same price, ContraGel comes in a 60ml tube. Not only are you avoiding the potentially harmfully risks associated with using N-9 spermicides, you’re also saving a bundle of money!

Contragel is a tried and tested alternative to spermicide that has been developed and used for over 35 years. It was first manufactured by the Family Planning Association (NVSH) from 1972 until 2003 under the name Contracep Green. It was brought back into production by consumer demand by a German based ISO 13458 Certified manufacturer, DeltaMed GmbH, and was rebranded as ControlGel Green

ContraGel Green is a Class IIa medical device approved for retail sale and home use under CE 0124 certification. No medical prescription is needed to purchase ContraGel Green (available OTC) and each unit comes with instructions in English, Dutch, French, Italian and Spanish.


  • ContraGel Green is intended for use in conjunction with barrier methods of contraception such as cervical caps (FemCap), condoms and diaphragms.
  • ContraGel Green does not protect against HIV (AIDS) or any other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). To prevent the transmission of STDs, you should use a latex condom or abstain from sex.
  • If irritation or discolouration occurs on the vagina or penis after using Contragel Green, discontinue use.
  • Pregnant women and those that may be pregnant should not use Contragel Green.

The Valley Initiative Ltd is an ethical company based in the UK and we supply ContraGel through our online stores.