Contraceptive sponge therapy

What is Contraceptive Sponge Therapy?

Contraceptive sponge therapy is a method of contraception that involves using a sponge that is covered with spermicide. The sponge prevents conception by blocking the entry of sperm into the cervix and by killing sperm that manages to get into the sponge. Contraceptive sponge therapy can be used alone or in combination with other methods such as condoms or hormone-based contraceptives.

Benefits of Contraceptive Sponge Therapy

  • It is a safe and effective method of contraception.
  • It is easy to use and it can be inserted up to 24 hours before having sexual intercourse.
  • It can be obtained without a prescription and it is available in most pharmacies.
  • It does not contain hormones so there are fewer side effects than with hormonal contraceptives.

Drawbacks of Contraceptive Sponge Therapy

  • It may cause irritation and discomfort.
  • Sponges may not conform to all cervix shapes, resulting in improper insertion.
  • It may increase the risk of toxin-producing bacteria.
  • It can cause an allergic reaction in some people.
  • It may reduce sensation during sexual intercourse.