Here’s a reader email question that caught me by completely by surprise. The question they asked was “does vinegar kill sperm?”
To give you a bit of a context, the question was posed in relation to birth control. I’m not particularly sure if it was meant to be a way to save on the cost of buying birth control. Or, just wanting to try something that’s natural instead of artificial.
In any case, I thought I’d share with you some of the information we were able to gather on this topic.
This way you’ll fully understand whether or not vinegar can be used for birth control purposes.
Does Vinegar Kill Sperm?
The statement that vinegar or douche can kill sperm and prevent pregnancy is certainly a myth.
There it is.
It’s just that simple. So, don’t try using it.
In fact, I don’t recommend anyone just placing anything, including fluids, drinks or other things into their reproductive organs. This can cause harm and potentially irreparable damage.
I just had to put that out there.
That being said, let’s get back to the topic at hand.
Sperm swim extremely fast. Meanwhile, the vinegar needs at least a few seconds or minutes to work in the body.
This means even if it does work, which it doesn’t, by the time you place the vinegar wherever you plan on placing it, your ‘swimmers’ are long gone and deep into their journey.
Moreover, this method is not recommended for birth control.
The reason is because it can alter the body acidity level and cause infections. Keep in mind, vinegar is very acidic. As such, there is even the possibility that vinegar help accelerate the movement of the sperm rather than inhibit or stop it.
Other Safer Ways for Natural Birth Control
My guess is that the entire topic where the question is based is looking for natural method of birth control.
So, we’ll cover a bit of that topic here.
When it comes to preventing getting pregnant, there are many other methods that are more effective to control birth. At least more effective than trying vinegar.
Below are the best birth controls methods are free from hormonal or medical side effects.
Yeah, that sounds kind of strange to the ear. But it’s thing.
Outercourse is one of the most effective methods to control birth. In fact, it has a success level near 100%.
With it, you engage in the kind of sexual activity that keeps sperm entirely out of the vagina. Unfortunately, this also means no actual penetration.
Since the sperm doesn’t even get a chance to get inside the vagina, pregnancy will not occur.
Besides having no hormonal effect, it helps to prevent sexually transmitted diseases. Plus, it is free, nothing to buy or use.
2. Pull Out / Withdrawal / Coitus Interruptus Method
If you aren’t open to the absence of actual penile penetration, then this is another method that is natural and effective.
It is probably one of the world’s oldest methods of control birth.
With the withdrawal technique, the male partner will pull his penis from the vagina before ejaculation happens.
The issue with this technique is that he must be able to know and realize when he is are about to reach the peak of sexual excitement or orgasm. They should also be able to tell when they cannot postpone or stop the ejaculation any longer.
Since withdrawal holds the sperm out of the vagina, the pregnancy cannot occur as well. The only problem here is being late in pulling out or lack of self-control (on the male’s part).
Although this method is often thought to be done correctly, it only has a 96% guarantee of the success. The reason being that there is what’s called pre-ejaculate or pre-cum.
Because of this, a few sperm can enter the female partner and cause pregnancy.
3. Combination of a Few Birth Control Contraception
This involves the use of any of the available forms of male or female contraceptives. Some of these include spermicide, the diaphragm, a cervical cap, the condom, and female condom.
Although any of the methods above can help prevent pregnancy, there is no 100% surety. The combination of some of them however, can increase the success rate. This helps you get closer to 100% certainty of birth control.
This is especially true if the combination includes at least one contraceptive for the male partner and another for the female partner. In general, all of these tools prevent pregnancy by avoiding the sperm from joining with the egg.
Spermicide is a certain chemical that comes in the form of creams, foams, film, gels, or suppositories. These are designed to stop or inhibit the sperm from moving.
For use, it will be inserted deep into the vagina before the sexual intercourse. The blockade the cervix, so sperm cannot achieve their primary goal which it to unite with the ovum.
Diaphragms meanwhile are superficial, dome-shaped cups. They come are flexible. Meanwhile, the cervical cap is a cup that in the form of a sailor’s hat.
Both of them are made of silicon. And they work the same way to help prevent pregnancy.
To use, they are inserted into the vagina and over the cervix. If placed properly, it will act like a mask over the cervix. This ‘cap’ will hinder the opening to the uterus, preventing the sperm from reaching it.
We’re all familiar with the male condom. So, in this section, we’ll focus on the female condom as well.
The female condom is a pouch-like device that is used during intercourse. It aims to prevent pregnancy as well as decrease the risk of sexually transmitted diseases. Before intercourse, it will be put deep in the vagina.
It has flexible rings at both ends. The ring at the end will function to hold the pouch in the vagina. Femal condoms work in that they will collect the pre-cum and semen produced by during intercourse.
However, it is not suggested to use condom and female condom at the same time because it is not effective and it will not increase the safety.
The most effective combination that’s been found is using spermicide, with a diaphragm / cervical cap.