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Contraceptive Sponge for Birth Control

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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 does it work?

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.

What are the advantages of using the sponge for birth control?

What are the disadvantages of using the sponge for birth control?

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Current as of: August 2, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine

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