The Sponge is essentially a small disk-shaped piece of foam with a dimple and a strap which once placed over your cervix starts working. It is made of polyurethane and releases spermicide all the time to keep you protected for up to 24 hours against unplanned pregnancy.
Put the sponge into the vagina before you have sex. Start by washing your hands, dampening the sponge and giving it a squeeze. This is what kick starts the spermicide, if you don’t add the water or the squeeze, you won’t be as protected as you could be and that won’t be the sponge’s fault. Now with the dimple facing upward fold the whole thing in half and push it up as far as it will go. The sponge should now be covering your cervix but just have a feel around the edges to make sure, also make sure the strap is there so you can get it out again later. You do not need to use more spermicide each time you have sex.
After sex, make sure the sponge stays in place for at least 6 hours after having sex. You must take the sponge out within 30 hours after you put it in. To remove it, feel for the strap and pull it out gently. Throw it away after you use it.
It may not work as well for women who have given birth. Childbirth stretches the vagina and cervix and the sponge may not fit as well.
PROS AND CONS
It can be used on demand
It can be easily carried with you
It isn’t affected by other medications
It can be used when breastfeeding
It’s hormone free
It can interfere with sexual spontaneity
Using it can take practice
It requires keeping track of the hours inserted
Some women may have a hard time taking the sponge out.
Not always suitable for women who have given birth
Low efficacy even when used as directed
It may cause irritation or allergic reactions
If you keep it in place longer than 24-30 hours, there is a risk of toxic shock syndrome. Toxic shock is a rare but serious infection.
Does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
LEARN HOW TO TALK ABOUT IT WITH:
Your healthcare provider knows the subject better than anyone; get the right answers for you
They know you better than anyone, and they’ve been through it too
You’re in this together, and not just in the bedroom, be honest
Can I leave the sponge in place when I swim or bathe?
Yes. The contraceptive sponge will not be affected in any way.
Can I use the sponge daily and even during my menstruation?
You may use the sponge as often as you wish but not during your menstrual period.
Can the sponge get lost inside my body?
The contraceptive sponge is held in place by the muscles of the upper vagina. The cup-like indention in the sponge helps to keep it in place directly over the cervix. The opening from the vagina to the uterus is far too small for the sponge to pass through. There is no way that the sponge could access to any other part of your body.
Will the sponge affect my menstrual cycle?
The sponge is a hormone free vaginal contraceptive that does not disrupt your menstrual cycle.
Can I insert the sponge after intercourse?
No, the sponge must be inserted before you have intercourse. Once the penis enters the vagina, there is a greater chance of getting pregnant because there may be the leakage of sperm without ejaculation and, with ejaculation; sperm reaches the fallopian tubes even more quickly.
Can the sponge tear while it is in place?
The contraceptive sponge should not tear with normal muscular movement within the vagina or even during intercourse. Be careful not to push a fingernail through the sponge when inserting or removing the sponge. There may be minor separation, but these do not affect the contraceptive capabilities of the sponge.
What if I have trouble removing the sponge?
If you have trouble removing the sponge or think that parts of the sponge are still in your vagina, carefully follow the removal instructions on the given directions. If you still have trouble removing contact your doctor or healthcare provider right away.
Can my partner feel the contraceptive sponge during intercourse?
The sponge is made of soft and comfortable material, It feels like normal vaginal tissue. Some partner may feel the sponge during intercourse, but this is usually not objectionable.