The Today Sponge® is a sponge-like disc about 2 inches in diameter containing spermicide that a woman inserts into her vagina before intercourse.
How Does It Work?
The sponge works by blocking the entrance to the uterus making it difficult for sperm to enter. It also releases a spermicide that slows the sperm so that they cannot move.
Ideally, for every 100 women using the sponge, 9 will become pregnant every year. In practice, however, about 16 will become pregnant because it is not always used correctly.
The advantages of the sponge are that:
- available without a prescription
- is relatively inexpensive
- can be used during breastfeeding
- does not affect a woman’s hormones
- can be inserted hours before intercourse
Some women find that the sponge is messy or difficult to insert. Other women feel that it is too dry. A water based lubricant may be used with it.
Some women experience vaginal irritation with the sponge.
Less Common Side Effects
Rarely it has been associated with toxic shock syndrome and should not be used during menstruation or immediately after abortion or childbirth. Also, it should not be left in the vagina more than 30 hours.
Women should not use sponge if they are allergic to polyurethane, spermicides or sulfa.
For Further Information
Visit the Today Sponge® web site: http://www.todaysponge.com/
Abortion Care Options
Women’s Med provides abortions in Dayton, Ohio through 22 weeks in pregnancy.
Indiana Patients: Contact the Indianapolis office to schedule your pre-abortion visit for the procedure in Dayton. Abortions are banned in Indiana except in hospitals and only for unusual situations.