September 15th, 2011 by Hasham
What is a contraceptive sponge?
The contraceptive sponge is a soft saucer-shaped device made from polyurethane foam. It is considered a barrier method of contraception.
How does a contraceptive sponge work?
The contraceptive sponge is designed to fit over the cervix and works in three ways to prevent pregnancy:
* It blocks the cervix, preventing semen from entering the uterus
* The sponge contains spermicide which kills sperm
* The sponge absorbs the semen.
How effective is a contraceptive sponge?
When the contraceptive sponge is used correctly and consistently, it has about a 9% failure rate or almost 1 in 10. Typical use of the contraceptive sponge refers to the way that most people use it. The failure rate during typical use is approximately 16%. You should take a pregnancy test if you are experiencing any pregnancy symptoms.
What are the side effects or health risks of a contraceptive sponge?
The contraceptive sponge has been associated with some women experiencing toxic shock syndrome (TSS) – a rare but serious life-threatening bacterial infection.
The sponge should not be left inside the vagina for more than 30 hours. The sponge should not be used during menstruation or if you have a history of TSS.
Is a contraceptive sponge reversible?
Yes. The contraceptive sponge does not have any effects on either the male’s or female’s reproductive function. Pregnancy is possible when you stop using the contraceptive sponge.
What about a contraceptive sponge and sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s)?
The contraceptive sponge does NOT provide protection against the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.
What are the pros & cons of the contraceptive sponge?
* The Pros of the Contraceptive Sponge include:
o Easy to use and effective immediately
o Does not require a medical exam or prescription
* The Cons of the Contraceptive Sponge include:
o Does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases
o Side effects are rare
What is the contraceptive sponge?
The contraceptive sponge is a small, donut-shaped foam sponge that contains a a spermicide called Nonoxynol-9. It is a nonhormonal vaginal barrier method of birth control that is fairly easy to insert.
* It’s possible to develop an irritation from the spermicides.
* If the sponge is left in too long there is a risk of developing Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) which can be very harmful if not treated
* It will not protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and the active ingredient in the spermicide (nonoxynol-9) can be irritating to the vaginal wall, thereby making you more susceptible to getting an STI
* If you are not comfortable putting things into your vagina, this may not be the best method for you.
The Today Sponge was developed beginning in 1976 and introduced in the United States in 1983. Today was removed from the market in 1994. Following several delays, the Today brand became available again in Canada in March 2003, and in the U.S. in September 2005. After the manufacturer’s parent company declared bankruptcy in 2007, the brand was off the market until relaunched in 2009.
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