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
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
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.
NOTE: If you think you used the
sponge incorrectly, you can use emergency contraception, such as the
morning-after pill (Plan B). You can use emergency contraception for up to 5
days after having had sex, but it works best if you take it right away.
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Current as of:
May 30, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Rebecca Sue Uranga, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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