Using the contraceptive sponge correctly guarantees about 84 to 87% effective at preventing pregnancy. As it was mentioned, this contraception does not prevent the transmission of many sexually diseases, including herpes, HPV or HIV.
NOTICED: the contraceptive sponges can only be used once. After you use it, throw it away! Also, be attentive: the package has an expiration date. Do not use a sponge past its expiration date or you will risk pregnancy or infection!
- easy to use;
- does not perceptibly hinder sexual experience;
- effective immediately if used correctly;
- small and inexpensive;
- can be obtained at most drugstores;
- there is no big need to see a doctor before using the sponge;
- can be inserted up to an hour before sex, effective for 24 hours;
- with each wearing wearer can have intercourse an unlimited number of times.
- no protection against sexually transmitted diseases;
- purely effective;
- side effects may be dangerous;
- limited availability;
- some women cannot easily reach their cervix and must choose a different form of contraception; can be difficult to insert properly and remove;
- may increase the risk for urinary tract infection, toxic shock syndrome, vaginal infection or inflammation of the cervix;
- the spermicides in the contraceptive sponge can make performing oral sex on the wearer unsavory;
- many people have complained about the "numbing" effect of the sponge.