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So this may be before alot of our times (I can't quite remember when exactly it went off of the market) but since I saw a news release that they are putting the Today contraceptive Sponge back on the market I thought that I would ask for any of you ladies that might have had some experience using this. I just found out today (per my dr) that I can't take bc pills (because of the hormones) anymore and am allergic to latex, it doesn't leave my husband and I alot of bc options.
Unfortunately, it might not be as safe as it seemed in 1995, and its failure rate is high. The sponge contains a substantial amount of nonoxynol 9, a spermicide scientists now say might enhance transmission of HIV.
In addition, the sponge is not as effective a contraceptive as a diaphragm, let alone hormonal methods such as the pill, says a report in the January issue of Contraception. And women are less likely to stick with the sponge than the diaphragm, the authors found.
"Nonetheless, I do think the sponge is a reasonable option for women as long as they're aware of those limitations," says co-author David Grimes, an obstetrician/gynecologist and vice president for biomedical affairs at Family Health International in Durham, N.C.
Not women who have had children, though, warns James Trussell, director of the Office of Population Research at Princeton University. In that group, the sponge's failure rate can be as high as 40% in a year, he says.
Originally posted by Fallen2Love@Apr 24 2005, 01:58 PM Never heard of it!* Doesn't sound to effective -- might as well use "pull and pray"
Well expensive would be okay (hey, it has to be cheaper than what bc pills are a month even WITH insurance ) Can you find the lambskin at like Wal-Mart or Target or would I have to go somewhere special?
I just really wanted to avoid condoms if I could...but it isn't looking too good.
Anyone remember that Seinfeld episode, when the sponge got taken off the market? Elaine went around buying every package she could find, then had to decide if a perspective lover was "sponge-worthy."....loved that one.
Originally posted by cjaney@Apr 26 2005, 01:31 PM Anyone remember that Seinfeld episode, when the sponge got taken off the market? Elaine went around buying every package she could find, then had to decide if a perspective lover was "sponge-worthy."....loved that one.