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The Sponge as a Form of Birth Control - Planned Parenthood

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Uploaded on Feb 12, 2010

The sponge is a form of birth control that is made of plastic foam and contains spermicide. The sponge prevents pregnancy by keeping sperm from joining with an egg. The sponge is inserted deep into the vagina before sexual intercourse. It is soft, round, and about two (2) inches in diameter. It has a nylon loop attached to the bottom for removal.

This form of contraception does not prevent against STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), so please use a condom in addition to the sponge if this is a concern for you and your partner.

To learn more about the sponge as a form of birth control, contact your local Planned Parenthood health center at http://www.plannedparenthood.org/heal... or our website at http://www.plannedparenthood.org/heal...

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"WHAT IS THE SPONGE?" - PLANNED PARENTHOOD
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This is a sponge. Unlike the one at your kitchen sink, it can keep you from getting pregnant. That's right -- it's birth control. The sponge works by keeping sperm from reaching an egg in your body. Before you have vaginal intercourse, you simply add some water, squeeze it, and gently nudge it into your vagina so that it covers the cervix. The sponge blocks sperm from entering into your uterus. It also has spermicide in it that keeps sperm from moving. No sperm, no pregnancy. Once you get the hang of it, the sponge is easy to use. One sponge can last for twenty-four (24) hours, even if you have sex multiple times. You don't need a prescription, so there's no need for you to visit your health care provider. And because the sponge doesn't contain hormones, there are very few side effects.

The sponge is more effective if you've never had a baby. Nine (9) out of one hundred (100) women who have never had a child and always use the sponge as directed will get pregnant in a year. That goes up to about sixteen (16) out of one hundred (100) women who don't always use it correctly. The sponge is about half as effective for women who've had a child. Remember, the sponge doesn't protect against sexually transmitted infections, so use condoms if you're concerned about preventing STDs. You can buy the sponge online or in some drugstores and health centers. If you're interested in learning more about this method, check out the info on http://www.plannedparenthood.org/?utm.... You can even find the nearest health center to set up an appointment.

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