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    Birth Control Sponges - Effectiveness, Benefits of Contraceptive sponges

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    Medically Reviewed by Dr. Deepika Tiwari - MBBS on 10 Apr 2018 - Written by Dr. Srilatha Gorthi - MBBS - Grammatically Approved by Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal - MBBS

    Birth control sponges or contraceptive sponges are effective for 80-90%. Vaginal sponges benefits are ease at the time of sex, and proves to be a hormone free birth control option. Contraceptive sponges side effects are lack of usage till 6 weeks after giving birth to baby, no protection against STDs.

    There are several types of contraceptives methods, which let you to enjoy sex without the fear of getting pregnant. The birth control methods include the contraceptive pill, the diaphragm, condoms, implants, IUDs (intrauterine devices), morning pill and sterilization. Most of the birth control methods lower the risk of getting an STI. These contraceptives are available only with the help of doctor except spermicides, condoms and sponge.

    It is quite hard to pick today the best contraceptive method which really suits you and if you have chosen one of the popular method which doesn't fit to your requirements due to unwanted side effects that's where Vaginal Sponge comes in limelight. 

    We will talk about Sponges in this section. Also known as Contraceptive sponge, the vaginal sponge is a reversible birth control method used by women for preventing pregnancy.

    What is birth control sponge?

    Contraceptive sponges, birth control sponges or vaginal sponge is a small and round sponge made from soft and white polyurethane foam, which prevents pregnancy through a barrier method. It is few centimetres wide and shape is similar to doughnut.

    Vaginal sponge

    It contains spermicide and you can also fit it at home.

    Effectiveness of Vaginal Sponges

    It is very important to use sponge properly and every time when you have sex and if you combine it with condom then it provides you extra protection. Like every contraceptive method, the sponge is effective if you use it correctly. It won't give you result of you doesn’t follow the di8rections or if you don't use it every time you have sex.

    1- The sponge is effective if you have never given birth, it means it doesn't work well for women who have vaginal delivery.

    2- It works well for women who never gave birth and uses the sponge correctly then the rate goes to 91%, which means 9 out of 100 women can get pregnant within a year.

    3- If women has given birth and use sponges perfectly all the time she involves in intercourse then it is 80% effective which implies 20 out of 100 women have chances of getting pregnant within a year.

    4- The best way to increase sponge's effectiveness is to use it with another birth control measure.

    5- Your partner can take it out before ejaculation, which will keep the sperm out of vagina.

    6- Combination of sponge and condom gives you best protection against the pregnancy.

    7- Sponges don’t provide protection against the sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and also include infection with HIV. Use of sponges can dry and irritate vagina and it may lead to increase the risk of HIV infection.

    8- Spermicides with nonoxynol-9 can increase the chances of getting HIV/ AIDS.

    Vaginal Sponge Benefits

    Contraceptive sponges provide you 24 hours of protection from pregnancy and doesn't require any prescription. So you can get it easily.

    1- Convenient and gives control: You don't have to pay a visit to doctor and need any prescription for it. It is available at many drugstores, community health centers and online. They are small and wrapped individually. Once you have used sponge in your vagina, you can have sex as many times in next 24 hours.

    2- It doesn't interrupt sex: Once you have put sponge in, you don't have to worry about birth control and can have sex multiple times for next 24 hours without worrying about pregnancy prevention.

    Vaginal sponge benefits

    3- Hormone free option: Many people opt for non-hormonal birth control or cannot use hormones due to medical issues. Sponges become good option for them, as it is hormone free, safe to use while breastfeeding.

    4- It doesn't affect future fertility for both man and woman.

    5- Should be used only during sexual intercourse.

    Contraceptive Sponge Side effects

    1- Sponges failure rate along with other barrier methods is quite high than other birth control methods.

    2- Some people believe it interrupts the intercourse or their foreplay.

    3- It is not recommended to use till next 6 weeks after delivery.

    4- Doesn't provide protection against STDs.

    5- Hard to use properly.

    6- Have to use every time you have sex.

     

    Hope this article helped you with your queries on vaginal sponge or birth control sponge. Follow Elawoman blog to get regular updates on fertility health and treatments.

    Dr. Srilatha Gorthi

    Written by

    Laparoscopic Surgeon, Gynecologic Surgeon
    Hyderabad
    Dr. Srilatha Gorthi is an infertility specialist and laparoscopy surgeon located in Hyderabad. Her area of expertise lies in the field of Gynae diseases and conditions, and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). She provides a number of services that comprise of In vitro Fertilization (IVF), Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), ICSI, TESA, MESA, Gynae Hysteroscopy, Laparoscopy, treatment of Ovarian Cysts, Endometriosis, PCOS, Fibroids, Polyps and so on. Dr. Srilatha Gorthi practices at The Birthplace Hospital, Revive Multi Specialty Clinics and Fertility Centre, and The Birthplace Clinic and has a rich experience of more than 18 years. Dr. Gorthi has won 9 Gold Medals in MBBS.She is a reputed member of the Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI), European society of Gynaecological Endoscopy and British Medical Association, UK, and British Fertility Society. You can get her information at www.elawoman.com

    SOURCES AND REFERENCES:

    • Copper t iud - how to use it for contraception in females?  birth control, Elawoman - 2017
    • How much effective is birth control sponge? pros and cons of the birth control method  vaginal sponge, Elawoman - 2017
    • 10 condom usage mistakes you could be making - how to use male and female condom  condom, Elawoman - 2017
    • Top 5 tips on how to get pregnant fast  pregnancy, Elawoman - 2017
    • How to get pregnant fast - how often to have sex to get pregnant?  sex, Elawoman - 2017

    5 Comments

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    Bhavna Jaydev

    Please tell how to use this??

    Oct. 11, 2018, 12:10 p.m. 4.5

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    Jade Bentley

    Contraceptive sponge seems to be an interesting idea for birth control. I think all women reading this blog will like it.

    Oct. 9, 2018, 12:32 a.m. 5.0

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    Tee Roque

    I just wanna say that it seems to be a good idea but will it really work; that is a big question in itself.

    Sept. 19, 2018, 6:34 p.m. 5.0

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    Kanika Jain

    I have been using contraceptive sponge for a long time maybe for 2-3 years. It's a perfect modern-day birth control measure.

    June 1, 2018, 11:13 a.m. 5.0

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    Wathore Rekha Chandrao

    April 30, 2018, 10:30 a.m. 4.5

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