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The sponge is used to prevent pregnancy. A sponge is called a barrier method because it keeps the sperm and eggs apart. The sponge also contains a spermicide, which kills the sperm or stops the sperm from moving.
You insert the sponge into your vagina. After you insert the sponge, you have protection for up to 24 hours. You must leave the sponge in place for 6 hours after sex. Don't leave it in for more than a total of 30 hours.
How well the sponge works depends on whether you have delivered a child vaginally or not.
There is less chance of getting pregnant if you and your partner use a male condom with the sponge.
Be sure to tell your doctor about any health problems you have or medicines you take. He or she can help you choose the birth control method that is right for you.
Read the instructions that come with the sponge. If you don't use it correctly, you could get pregnant. To more effectively prevent pregnancy, use a male condom with the sponge.
If you think you used the sponge incorrectly, you can use emergency contraception. The most effective emergency contraception is prescribed by a doctor. This includes the copper IUD (inserted by a doctor) or a prescription pill. You can also get emergency contraceptive pills without a prescription at most drugstores and sexual health clinics.
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Current as of: June 16, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Rebecca Sue Uranga
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