What is it?
It’s a small, round, soft piece of foam with spermicide in it that is inserted into the vagina before sex.
- Easy to hide.
- Easy to get.
- You can have sex multiple times in a 24 hour period with the same sponge inserted.
- Does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases or HIV.
- Not as effective as other BC methods.
- You must leave it in for 6 hours after having sex.
Who uses the sponge?
People who prefer a barrier method over hormonal BC and who are comfortable inserting the sponge into their vagina (similar to tampon insertion).
How do you use the sponge?
The sponge is inserted into the vagina before sex and can be left in place for 24 hours. The sponge must then be left in place after sex for at least 6 hours.
Where do you get the sponge?
Sponges can be found at supermarkets, drugstores and clinics.
How effective is the sponge?
The sponge is 70-84% effective.
Does the sponge offer STD protection?
NO. For STD protection use condoms with this method.