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 What is the Vaginal Sponge?
The Vaginal Sponge is a donut-shaped polyurethane device containingspermicide and a woven polyester loop that hangs down into the vaginafor removal. Note: In1995, the sponge was taken off the market in theUnited States byits manufacturer. The Birth Control Sponge iscurrently available in Canada and expected to return to the U.S. marketsoon.
How is the Birth Control Sponge inserted and used?
The Vaginal Sponge can be inserted by the husband or wife, insuring thatthe sponge is inserted deep enough into her/your vagina-and insuringthesponge covers the cervix. The Vaginal Sponge can be left in place for24hours and multiple acts of intercourse; however, it must be left in thevagina for6 hours after the last act of intercourse.
Instructions for Inserting the Vaginal Sponge
1.Remove the vaginal sponge from package and wet it thoroughly with cleanwater.2.Squeeze the vaginal sponge until it foams completely, to activate thespermicide. There is more than enough spermicide in the sponge, so squeeze untilit foams generously while adding plenty ofwater, but stop squeezing after itbegins foaming3. Fold the sides of the vaginal sponge upward and insert it deeply in your/hervaginamaking sure it covers the cervix.4. The
 Vaginal Sponge
can be inserted up to24 hours prior to intercourse andprovides immediate and continuous contraception during this period, regardlessof the frequency of intercourse.5. The
 Vaginal Sponge
should be left in place for six hours after the last act of intercourse but no longer than30 hours after insertion.6. You/your wife may swim or tub bathe with the
properlyplaced in your/her vagina.
NOTE:Strenuous activity and some sexual activity could dis-lodge the properplacementof the
 Vaginal Sponge
inside your/her vagina.7. Do not use the
 Vaginal Sponge
during your menstrual period. Anothermethod of birth control should be used during this time.8. The
 Vaginal Sponge
should be removed by grasping the loop that is attachedto the back of the sponge. Do not attempt to pull on the sponge, as it mayfragment.
Does the Vaginal Sponge protect against STDs?
Does the Vaginal Sponge protect against pregnancy?
 What are the chances of getting pregnant while using the Vaginal Sponge?
Typical use:20%Perfect use:9%
 What are the advantages to using the Vaginal Sponge?
The Birth Control Sponge protects for24 hours and multiple acts of intercourse during that time.Manycouples find it more exciting, andhelps her arousal if the husband inserts thevaginal sponge prior tointercourse.
 Are there any disadvantages to using the Vaginal Sponge?
The Vaginal Sponge must not be left in the vagina for more than30hours or thefemale runs the risk of toxic shock syndrome.
What Is the Sponge?
The sponge is made of plastic foam and containsspermicide. It is soft, round, and about twoinches
in diameter. It has a nylon loop attached to the bottom for removal. It is inserted deep into the vaginabefore intercourse.The Today Sponge is the only brand of contraceptive sponge available in the United States today.
How Does the Sponge Work?
The sponge prevents pregnancy by keeping sperm from joining with an egg. It works in two ways:
The sponge covers thecervixand blocks sperm from entering theuterus.
The sponge also continuously releases a spermicide that keeps sperm from moving.
How Effective Is the Sponge?
Effectiveness is an important andcommon concern when choosing a birth control method. Like allbirth control methods, the contraceptive sponge is more effective when you use it correctly.The sponge is more effective for women who have never given birth.
If women who have never given birth
use the sponge as directed, 9 out of 100 willbecome pregnant each year.
If women who have never given birth
use the sponge as directed, 12 out of 100 willbecome pregnant each year.Women who have previously given birth have a higherrisk of pregnancy.
If women who have given birth
use the sponge as directed, 20 out of 100 women willbecome pregnant each year.
If women who have given birth
use the sponge as directed,24 out of 100 willbecome pregnant each year.Your partner can help you make the sponge more effective by using a latex condom or pulling outbefore ejaculation.Keep in mind that the contraceptive sponge does not protect you fromsexuallytransmittedinfections.
Use a latex condom to reduce the risk of infection.
How Safe Is the Sponge?
Most womencan use the contraceptive sponge safely. But some conditions may make it difficult orimpossible for some women to use the sponge.The sponge may not be right for you if you

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