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A 45-year-old member asked:

what are the disadvantages of the contraceptive sponge?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Not effective: It has a very high failure rate compared to other methods.
Dr. David Finke
Obstetrics and Gynecology 15 years experience
High failure rate: The failure rate within the first year for patients who have never had a baby before is 9-16%. For patients who have had a baby, the failure rate is 26-30%. If your are looking for non-hormonal contraception, i would recommend an iud or diaphragm.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

How could I use the contraceptive sponge?

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Dr. Christopher Sizemore
Obstetrics and Gynecology 16 years experience
Good option!: The sponge is a good option for a non-hormonal/barrier form of contraception. It is about 90% effective...If used correctly! easy to use. Single use only (~$3.00 each). Comfortable for you & your partner. Comes with the spermicide embedded in the sponge so less "messy". Can be placed up to 24 hours prior & must be left in place for at least 6 hours after last vaginal intercourse. Diaphragm?
A 34-year-old member asked:

Is there any time that I should not use the contraceptive sponge?

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Dr. Ruth Crystal
Obstetrics and Gynecology 27 years experience
Yes: You should not use the contraceptive sponge during your menstrual period because of risks of toxic shock syndrome. You should not use the sponge if you have an allergy to sulfa or nonoxynol 9 spermicide. For other questions regarding the sponge, please see their website at http://todaysponge.Com/faq.Html and http://www.Todaysponge.Com/answers2.Html.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What are some advantages of the contraceptive sponge?

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Dr. Raj Syal
Dr. Raj Syal answered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 33 years experience
None: This is not a very popular nor effective form of birth control.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is the patch or the contraceptive ring as effective as the pill?

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Dr. Earle Pescatore
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Yes: These methods of contraception have similar success rates with perfect use. Patches and rings have the potential to be better because they are easier to use. The difference major difference between these methods is how the medicine is delivered to your body. Pills are eaten and absorbed through your digestive tract. Patches are absorb through skin. Rings are absorbed through the vagina.
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A 18-year-old member asked:

What other birthcontrol can a 17 y/o can get except pills?

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Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Many choices: Besides, oral contraceptives or birth control pills: depo-provera (progesterone injection) administered every 3 months, contraceptive ring or patch. Recently, newer guidelines have recommended that iuds are safe and effective for teenagers. Condoms are readily available and recommended for preventing STDs but less effective than other methods for preventing pregnancy.

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