Hi friends :) my boyfriend and I are long distance so for birth control, I just use a diaphragm with spermicidal gel. I last saw him about two months ago and for spermicide, we used Ortho Options Gynol II (this) which, as I heard from a few sources, is the best. The only thing is that I THINK I'm allergic to it. Every time we used it, after sex my vagina was so painfully itchy, I thought I was going to die. It was itchy inside and around the entrance, but nowhere else. It even lasted a couple of days after I left. It didn't really burn when I peed, but it wasn't that... comfortable. No weird smells or anything. The symptoms eventually went away on their own. I'm seeing him again in two weeks and I'd like for us to have normal sex and honestly, all of this pain really wasn't worth it and we hate condoms so I'd like to continue using the diaphragm for now. I was wondering if a) this sounds like an allergic reaction, b) if not an allergic reaction, what else it might have been, and c) a possible better alternative?