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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 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. (1)
It is quite hard to pick today the best contraceptive method which really suits you and if you have chosen one of the popular methods which don't fit 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 the 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 centimeters wide and shape is similar to a doughnut. (2) (3)
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 a 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 a result of you doesn’t follow the di8rections or if you don't use it every time you have sex. (4) (5) (10)
1- The sponge is effective if you have never given birth, it means it doesn't work well for women who have a 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 have 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 a 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 the vagina.
6- Combination of sponge and condom gives you the best protection against the pregnancy.
7- Sponges don’t provide protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and also include infection with HIV. Use of sponges can dry and irritate the vagina and it may lead to an increase in 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 don't require any prescription. So you can get it easily. (6)
1- Convenient and gives control: You don't have to pay a visit to the 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 the sponge in your vagina, you can have sex as many times in the next 24 hours. (7)
2- It doesn't interrupt sex: Once you have put a 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.
3- Hormone free option: Many people opt for non-hormonal birth control or cannot use hormones due to medical issues. Sponges become a 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
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.
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- ^ What is the Effectiveness of the Birth Control Sponge? | Planned Parenthood Plannedparenthood.org, 10 July 2019
- ^ How Effective is the Contraceptive Vaginal Sponge as Birth Control? | WebMD Webmd.com, 10 July 2019
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