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Utilizing the contraceptive sponge may lead to absorption of vaginal wetness and may cause dryness of the vagina during sex.

Fact! The effects of the spermicide on the contraceptive sponge has different effects on different women. Some people complain that the sponge is wet and messy. Others find that the sponge absorbs vaginal wetness and makes sex too dry, but adding a water-based or silicone lubricant will help keep things slippery and comfortable.

The contraceptive sponge and the spermicide it releases may cause:

  • Vaginal irritation or dryness
  • Urinary tract or vaginal infection
  • An increased risk of contracting STIs
  • Toxic shock syndrome

Your health care provider may not recommend a contraceptive sponge if you:

  • Are sensitive or allergic to spermicide or polyurethane
  • Have a vaginal abnormality that affects the way the contraceptive sponge fits
  • Have frequent urinary tract infections
  • Have a history of toxic shock syndrome
  • Recently gave birth, had a miscarriage, or had an abortion
  • Are at high risk of contracting HIV or you have HIV or AIDS

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