FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Sometimes people are too embarrassed, too busy, or just don’t know the right questions. The questions on this page should cover a lot of aspects of what you need to know though.

SPONGE

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.

Is the contraceptive sponge as effective as the pill or IUS?

No. the sponge is not as effective as the pill or IUS. Between 12 and 24 women will get pregnant while using the sponge during a year. This is by far more when compared to the pill or IUS.

Can the sponge dissolve or fall out by itself?

The sponge will not dissolve by itself. In some cases such as during a bowel movement, the sponge may be expelled. If it has not been in place for 6 hours after the last act of intercourse, you should immediately insert a new sponge. Do not reinsert the one that was expelled.

It is not time for my period, but there was blood on the sponge when I removed it. What happened?

Many women spot between periods, particularly during ovulation. If the menstrual bleeding is unusual, continual, or heavy, consult your doctor or healthcare provider.

Can the sponge dry me out?

Some women have found that the sponge absorbs some of the natural vaginal secretions. To help avoid this, it is important to make sure that the sponge has been wet thoroughly before use. If this becomes a problem for you, it is recommended to use water based lubricant with the sponge.

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