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Spicy exchange / 2022

Does Hot Sauce Kill Sperm?

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Bottom line:

There is no medical evidence hot sauce kills sperm. Hot sauce should never be used as a contraceptive or spermicide.

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This is a common question stemming from a lawsuit which accusing musician Drake of filling a used condom with hot sauce to kill the sperm, resulting in burns when the accuser tried to use the used condom to inseminate herself.

Where does this question come from?

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The logic

Hot sauce is made with vinegar, a highly acidic substance, and capsaicin, a chemical that can cause burns. The thought is that these two substances combined would kill  sperm.

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There are two primary risks of trying to use hot sauce to kill sperm: Pregnancy may occur because there is no evidence hot sauce kills sperm, and you or your partner may experience burns where the hot sauce comes into contact on your skin, especially on sensitive skin on the penis, vulva, or anus.

Risks of using hot sauce to kill sperm

Recommendations

If you are curious about hot sauce as a spermicide because you are looking to prevent pregnancy, consider spermicidal condoms or birth control.

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