10 Must Know Facts About the Birth Control Sponge

Although not as widely publicized as other contraceptives, such as the condom or contraceptive pills, the birth control sponge created a loyal following of female users in the U.S. and Canada. Thanks to its convenience and effectiveness at preventing unplanned pregnancy, sponge birth control was re-introduced to the market in 2005, after almost ten years of absence.

1. What is the Birth Control Sponge?

The birth control sponge, often known simply as “the sponge,” is a contraceptive device in the form of a round, plastic sponge that contains spermicide. The most commonly used spermicide in sponge birth control is nonoxynol-9.