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Is the Today Sponge still available?
The Today sponge, discontinued in 1995, may be back on shelves this fall, thanks to Allendale Pharmaceuticals of Allendale, New Jersey. When the apparatus became scarce and, ultimately unavailable, many sponge devotees were outraged. via
Do you need a prescription for sponge?
The sponge: Doesn't require a prescription or fitting. Can be inserted immediately or up to 24 hours before sex. Provides protection from pregnancy for 24 hours. via
Is the sponge off the market?
PIP: The vaginal sponge, an over-the-counter spermicidal contraceptive, will no longer be available to US women. Whitehall-Robins Healthcare, which began manufacturing the sponge in 1983, has ceased manufacturing this product allegedly because of stringent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements. via
How safe is the Today Sponge?
The sponge is 76% effective for women who have given birth — so 24 out of 100 sponge-users who've given birth will get pregnant within a year. Want an even more effective form of birth control? Check out IUDs and the implant. They're the most effective kinds of birth control. via
Can my partner feel the sponge?
Will my partner or I be able to feel the sponge? The sponge is soft and once inserted properly you or your partner should not be able to feel it. If it feels uncomfortable, it may not be inserted the right way. via
What is a disadvantage of using the contraceptive sponge?
The sponge does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including infection with HIV. Some studies show that use of the sponge dries and irritates the vagina, which may increase the risk of HIV infection. The use of spermicides with nonoxynol-9 may increase your risk of getting HIV/AIDS. via
Why did they get rid of the sponge?
Originally developed in the 1980s, the Today Sponge was pulled off the market in 1994 after inspectors from the Food and Drug Administration found bacterial contamination at its manufacturing plant. via
How do you insert a sponge? (video)
How effective is the pull out method?
Pulling out isn't a very reliable way to prevent pregnancy. It works about 78% of the time, which means that over a year of using this method, 22 out of 100 women -- about 1 in 5 -- would get pregnant. By comparison, male condoms are 98% effective when used correctly every time. via
How long is a sponge good for?
But no matter how diligent you are about cleaning, your kitchen sponges won't last forever. Clean them weekly, and toss shabby ones every two to three weeks, depending on use. via
How do you use the Today Sponge?
Wet the sponge thoroughly with clean water, squeeze gently several times until sponge is very sudsy. With the dimple side of the sponge facing up, fold sponge upward and insert the sponge deep into the vagina as shown in diagram (see section 9). The ribbon loop must be on the bottom for easy removal. via
Who invented the contraceptive sponge?
Bruce Vorhauer, inventor of the Today contraceptive sponge. Vorhauer was founder and chief executive officer of VLI Corp. of Irvine, which developed and sold the innovative method of birth control. The self-made millionaire left the company in 1987. via
Which birth control is the best?
The kinds of birth control that work the best to prevent pregnancy are the implant and IUDs — they're also the most convenient to use, and the most foolproof. Other birth control methods, like the pill, ring, patch, and shot, are also really good at preventing pregnancy if you use them perfectly. via
How effective are female condoms?
If used correctly, female condoms are 95% effective. They protect against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). A female condom needs to be placed inside the vagina before there's any contact with the penis. Always buy condoms that have the CE mark or the BSI Kitemark on the packet. via
What is the most effective method of birth control?
Progestin containing IUDs and the arm implant are the most effective contraceptive options. You should know: Side effects are different for the different IUDs. Copper IUDs may cause more painful and heavy periods in some women. via
Can you lose a sponge in your vagina?
But always remember: a menstrual sponge can never disappear into your body. Your vagina is designed to make this impossible. No tampon will fit through the tiny hole in your cervix. It may happen that the tampon moves a little further than necessary, for example if you accidentally inserted a second tampon or had sex. via
What does a vaginal sponge feel like?
The urethral sponge encompasses sensitive nerve endings, and can be stimulated through the front wall of the vagina. Some women experience intense pleasure from stimulation of the urethral sponge and others find the sensation irritating. via
Are sea sponges safe as tampons?
Takeaway. Menstrual sponges are natural or synthetic sea sponges that some folks use just like a tampon. Though absorbent and sustainable, their safety is questionable. According to some OB-GYNs, if you clean your sponge thoroughly before and after use, it *might* be safe to use. via
How much money is a contraceptive sponge?
The Today Sponge comes in packs of three, which cost around $15. Prices may vary depending on where you buy your sponges. You may be able to get low-cost or free sponges at Planned Parenthood and other community health centers. Contact your local Planned Parenthood health center for more information. via
Does the sponge work in water?
To use the Today sponge, it must be run under water until thoroughly wet with about two tablespoons of water. The water is used as a mechanism to activate the spermicide inside the sponge. No extra spermicide is needed. via
What is Elaine's sponge?
The Today sponge is a brand of plastic contraceptive sponge saturated with a spermicide nonoxynol-9 to prevent conception. Within two years of its launch, Today had become the largest selling over-the-counter female contraceptive in the United States, and was soon rolled out into other markets. via
How can I flush out sperm from my body?
If someone prefers to clean their vagina and vulva after sex, the safest way to do so is with unscented soap and warm water. Some people claim that urinating, showering, bathing, or using vinegar may remove semen from the vagina after sex. via
How do you use a dish sponge? (video)
Can I get pregnant if he pulls out and puts it back in?
Yes. You can get pregnant from the pull-out method. The pull-out method, also called withdrawal — or coitus interruptus if you wanna get fancy — involves pulling the penis out of the vagina before ejaculation. In theory, one can see how this might work, but there's more to it. via
Can Precum get a girl pregnant?
The chances of getting pregnant from pre-cum are pretty low — but it is possible. Pre-cum (also known as pre-ejaculate) is a small amount of fluid that comes out of your penis when you're turned on, but before you ejaculate (cum). Oozing pre-cum is involuntary — you can't control when it comes out. via
Can I get pregnant if he didn't come at all?
You can definitely get pregnant even if the guy pulls out before he comes. Guys can leak a bit of sperm out of the penis before ejaculation. This is called pre-ejaculate ("pre-cum"). So even if a guy pulls out before he ejaculates, a girl can still become pregnant. via
Does microwaving a sponge sanitize it?
The results showed that two minutes in the microwave at full power killed or inactivated more than 99% of all the living germs and the bacterial spores in the sponges and pads, including E. Make sure the sponge or scrubber is wet, not dry. Two minutes should be enough to kill most disease-causing germs. via
Does boiling a sponge sanitize it?
According to the magazine, microwaving and boiling, were the most effective methods, reducing bacteria counts from the millions to an 'untroubling' 1000 CFUs. However, because sponges can burn in a high-powered microwave, the final recommendation is boiling them for 5 minutes. via
Is it better to wash dishes with a sponge or dishcloth?
Your dish rags are really no better than your sponges. And like sponges, using a dirty dish rag to clean a kitchen countertop will only spread germs. via