Fewer condom brands have spermicide. There's no reason to choose spermicidal condoms over other kinds. They have no additional benefit in preventing pregnancy, have a shorter shelf life, and may cause urinary-tract infections in young women. Nonoxynol-9, a widely used spermicide for condoms, came under scrutiny in 2001 when a report from the World Health Organization warned that if used frequently, it may cause vaginal irritation and might increase the risk of contracting HIV.
Though the amount of nonoxynol-9 on a spermicide-lubricated condom is smaller compared with the doses studied in the report, some condom makers, including Durex, have dropped models lubricated with nonoxynol-9. Others, including Trojan and Lifestyles, say they will keep selling them. A Lifestyles spokesman said the company is working with the Food and Drug Administration on the issue of nonoxynol-9.