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Birth Control Sponge

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The contraceptive sponge is a type of birth control (contraceptive) that prevents sperm from entering the uterus. The contraceptive sponge is a soft, disk-shaped device made of polyurethane foam that is inserted into the vagina to cover the cervix. The contraceptive sponge contains spermicide, which blocks or kills sperm.

 

Before sex, the contraceptive sponge is inserted deep into the vagina, where it is held in place by vaginal muscles. The contraceptive sponge has a strap to assist with removal.

 

Only one contraceptive sponge — Today Sponge — has Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in the U.S.

 

The contraceptive sponge can prevent pregnancy but doesn't offer protection from sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

 

Why it's done

The contraceptive sponge is an over-the-counter contraceptive device. The contraceptive sponge:

  • Doesn't require a prescription or fitting
  • Can be inserted hours before sex and provides protection from pregnancy for 24 hours
  • Can be used as a backup method of birth control
  • Doesn't require a partner's cooperation

The contraceptive sponge isn't appropriate for everyone, however. Your health care provider may discourage use of the contraceptive sponge if:

  • You're sensitive or allergic to spermicide or polyurethane
  • You have vaginal abnormalities that interfere with the fit, placement or retention of the contraceptive sponge
  • You have frequent urinary tract infections
  • You have a history of toxic shock syndrome
  • You recently gave birth or had a miscarriage or an abortion
  • You're at high risk of contracting HIV or you have HIV or AIDS
  • You're at high risk of pregnancy — you're younger than age 30, you have sex three or more times a week, you've had previous contraceptive failure with vaginal barrier methods, or you're not likely to use the contraceptive sponge consistently

Risks

An estimated 12 out of 100 women who've never given birth will get pregnant during the first year of typical use the contraceptive sponge. An estimated 24 out of 100 women who've given birth will get pregnant during the first year of typical use of the contraceptive sponge.

 

The contraceptive sponge doesn't offer protection from sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

 

The contraceptive sponge and the spermicide it releases may cause:

  • Vaginal irritation or dryness
  • Urinary tract or vaginal infection
  • An increased risk of contracting STIs

How you prepare

Before using the contraceptive sponge, read the product instructions carefully or consult your health care provider for advice. Use a backup method of contraception, such as a male condom or oral contraceptives, when you first use the contraceptive sponge.