The contraceptive sponge is a disposable, soft foam sponge containing spermicide. It is placed into the vagina before sex to prevent pregnancy.
How does it work?
The sponge is placed inside the vagina, over the cervix, where it acts as a barrier. The sponge traps and absorbs the sperm, where they are then disabled by the Spermicide. It is effective for up to 12 hours.
How effective is it?
For women who have never given birth, the sponge is 91% effective in preventing pregnancy with perfect use. (84% effective with typical use)
For women who have previously given birth, the sponge is only 80% effective with perfect use. (68% effective with typical use)
When used with a male condom, the sponge is 98% effective
What are the advantages?
Does not contain hormones
Can be used by women who smoke or are breastfeeding
Provides 12 hour protection
Do not need to change the sponge if sex is repeated during the 12 hour time frame