The contraceptive sponge, also called the ‘today sponge” is a soft, disk-like device with a loop on the end. The sponge is made of polyurethane foam and contains spermicide, which kills sperm.
Before having sex, wet the sponge and place it, loop side down, inside the vagina to cover the cervix. The sponge is effective for more than one act of intercourse for up to 24 hours. It needs to be left in for at least 6 hours after intercourse to prevent pregnancy. It must then be taken out within 24 hours after it is inserted.
86% typical use (individuals who have NOT given birth)
91% effective when used perfectly (individuals who have NOT given birth)
73% typical use (individuals who HAVE given birth)
80% effective when used perfectly (individuals who HAVE given birth)
Things you may like about the sponge:
- No menstrual changes
- Can be inserted several hours prior to sex and can be left in for up to 24 hours
Things you may dislike about the sponge:
- Must stay in place for at least 6 hours after sex
- Becoming harder to find in stores
- Irritation or allergic reactions
- Could have a hard time taking it out
- Could cause Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) if left in too long
Does it protect against STIs?
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