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The Sponge

Barrier method using a spermicide covered sponge which blocks the cervix and kills sperm in the vagina.

Procedure:

  • Inserted into the vagina against the cervix up to 24 hours before intercourse
  • Needs to be left in place for at least 6 hours after sex

Effectiveness

70-75%

Average Cost

$8.00-$10.00 for a package of 3

Pros

  • Available at drug stores
  • Does not require a prescription

Cons

  • Can not be reused
  • May trigger an allergic reaction to spermicides in the sponge
  • Must be left in place 6 hours after intercourse but not more than 24 hours
  • May cause irritation, infection or smell if left in too long
  • Can’t be used during menstrual period or if having any type of unusual vaginal discharge

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