Using Sponge Contraception
To insert the contraceptive sponge, you moisten it with water first, by holding it under a tap with the loop side down. Then you gently squeeze the sponge to make sure that it is entirely wet. This should produce some suds; don’t worry about producing too much, because there is more than enough spermicide in the sponge. Once the contraceptive sponge is moistened, the spermicide release begins. Fold the sponge away from the nylon loop at the base so that the sponge is long and narrow. Then insert the sponge as deeply into your vagina as you can. The dip in the sponge should face into your cervix or womb, and the loop should be facing down so that you can reach it if you put your finger in your vagina.
The sponge unfolds to take its place when you let go of it. You need to make sure that it is covering your cervix by simply feeling the edge to see that it is in place. You should also be able to feel the nylon loop.
To remove the contraceptive sponge, tug gently on the nylon loop. You need to wait about six hours after sexual intercourse before you remove the sponge. If the sponge does not easily come out, take a deep breath and relax. Try again in a few minutes. If the vaginal muscles still won’t release the sponge, try tightening them for ten seconds and then releasing them to gently remove the sponge.
If the sponge breaks when you are trying to remove it, visit your doctor or a clinic immediately to have it taken out.
Dispose of the sponge appropriately after you have removed it from your body. Sponges should be worn only once. If you enjoy reading this article, you’ll surely be interested in learning how to choose a birth control method.
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