Categories: Family Planning

The contractive sponge  is a small and round sponge made from soft, squishy plastic. The sponge is inserted inside the vagina before engaging in sexual intercourse.

The sponge prevents pregnancy in two ways: It fits snugly against your cervix, blocking the entrance to your uterus so sperm can’t get to your egg. The sponge also contains spermicide, which slows sperm down so it can’t reach your egg.

The sponge can be used by itself, or with condoms. Using the sponge plus a condom gives you extra protection from pregnancy (bonus: condoms prevent the spread of STDs, too).

Most people can use the contraceptive sponge safely and easily, but it may not be right for you if:

  • you’re allergic or sensitive to spermicide, sulfites, or polyurethane
  • you’re not comfortable putting your fingers in your vagina
  • you have trouble putting in the sponge
  • you’ve recently had an abortion, miscarriage, or birth
  • you have an infection in or around your vagina
  • you have a history of toxic shock syndrome (TSS)

#Challenge: If you have ever used a contraceptive sponge please tell us your experience with it