A SPERMICIDAL SOLUTION.
ACTIVATE WITH WATER
The sponge is a small disc of latex foam that contains spermicide and is placed against the cervix to prevent pregnancy. It can be left inside the vagina for up to 24 hours, making it perfect for spontaneous but uninterrupted sex. While many find the sponge a convenient method of contraception, it isn't suitable for everyone – particularly women who have given birth.
To use the sponge, simply wash your hands and dampen the sponge with tap water. This is an important step, because it starts the release of the spermicide. Now, with the dimple facing up, fold the sponge in half and place it as far as it will go, until it covers your cervix. Check the edges to make sure it's fitted properly, and you're good to go. After sex, leave it in for at least six hours, and then simply pull on the strap to remove it and throw it away. It is important to remove the sponge within 30 hours, as in some cases it can raise the risk of toxic shock syndrome.
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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
How long the sponge offers protection.
The overall rate at which the sponge is effective with typical use.
The year the Today sponge was created by Bruce Ward Vorhauer.
- It’s self-administered and used on demand.
- It’s hormone-free and can be an option for women who experience unwanted effects from hormones.
- It can be used when breastfeeding.
- Placing and removing the sponge can take practice.
- It requires careful tracking of the hours it is used, because it must be left in place for six hours after sex, but not more than 24 hours in total.
- It may not be suitable for women who have given birth.
- It doesn’t protect against HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).