This health video checks out the new gel which claims to prevent STDs.
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Jennifer Matthews: When you look at Heidi Schran and Selene Carey, you might think they're sisters. Not only do they look alike, but they also talk about everything -- even sex. Selene Carey: If I wanted to have sex with someone, I would ask her. I would say is this OK with you? We'd definitely talk. Jennifer Matthews: Selene is 15 years old. Heidi is her mom. Heidi Schran: I just want her to be able to make good choices, have lots of options. Jennifer Matthews: Selene's future is one of the reasons why Heidi participated in a study to try a new spermicide. Doctor Michael Thomas says current spermicides can cause irritation. This study focuses on two new gels called buffergel and C-31-G. Dr. Michael Thomas: There's nothing like them on the market today. Jennifer Matthews: Besides fewer side effects, another advantage is that these gels may protect against sexually transmitted diseases -- giving women a new option. Dr. Michael Thomas: Women realize that they can't allow the male to take full responsibility, that they're going to be the ones who will suffer the consequences whether it's a pregnancy or whether it's a sexually transmitted disease. Jennifer Matthews: Living in a college town and working at planned parenthood, Heidi understands the need for new choices in contraception. Heidi Schran: Anything to help empower women, I think is a really great thing to be part of. Jennifer Matthews: And she hopes it will give her daughter new options someday. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.