HOW TO USE GYGEL
• Extra gel may be inserted into the vagina using a Vaginal Applicator. Use with a diaphragm • With clean hands put about two 2cm strips of gel on each side of your diaphragm. Make sure you also spread it along the outside rim of your diaphragm to prevent any sperm from getting past the edge.
Use with a cap • Fill one third of the cap with spermicide. Silicone caps have a groove between the dome and the rim and some gel should be placed there also. Do not put any spermicide around the rim as this will stop the cap from staying in place.
• If using a diaphragm/cap this should be put in place inside the vagina before sex and left there for at least six hours after sex. • If you have sex again during this time, you must apply more Gygel or another spermicide without removing the diaphragm or cap.
• If you have sex 3 hours or more after inserting your diaphragm or cap you will need to insert some extra gel. Warning: your diaphragm should not be left in your vagina for longer than 24 hours. There is no need to wash your vagina (douching) after sex. However, if you wish to do so, you must wait for at least six hours after intercourse. Missed dose If you forget to use Gygel or another form of contraception when you have sex you will not be protected against pregnancy and you should see your doctor if necessary. Ensure that you use Gygel on future occasions. If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor, family planning clinic or pharmacist. 4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS Like all medicines, Gygel can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
• Gygel may cause irritation of the vagina or penis. If this occurs, you should stop using it immediately. If the irritation gets worse or carries on for more than 48 hours, contact your doctor or family planning clinic for advice. • Other symptoms suggesting an allergy to Gygel include pain, discomfort, a burning sensation, itching, dryness, redness or rashes of the vagina or penis. • If this product affects you in any other way, you should tell your doctor, family planning clinic or pharmacist. If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
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