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When should you remove the contraceptive sponge?
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Dr. Scott Kramer
Gynecology
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In brief: 6 hours
The contraceptive sponge must be left in place for at least 6 hours after your last sex act.
It can be left in the vagina for up to 24 hours even with multiple acts of intercourse. It’s approximately 85% effective, similar to condoms or a diaphragm at protecting against an unplanned pregnancy. Contrast that with birth control pills which are about 95% and the IUD 99% effective.

In brief: 6 hours
The contraceptive sponge must be left in place for at least 6 hours after your last sex act.
It can be left in the vagina for up to 24 hours even with multiple acts of intercourse. It’s approximately 85% effective, similar to condoms or a diaphragm at protecting against an unplanned pregnancy. Contrast that with birth control pills which are about 95% and the IUD 99% effective.
Dr. Scott Kramer
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