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Can a contraceptive sponge be bought over-the-counter?

Can a contraceptive sponge be bought over-the-counter?

The contraceptive sponge is available over-the-counter and: Doesn’t require a prescription or fitting. Can be inserted immediately or up to 24 hours before sex.

Do you need a prescription for sponge?

Sponges are convenient and give you control. You don’t need to see a doctor or have a prescription to get the sponge, and it’s sold over-the-counter at most drugstores, some supermarkets, community health centers, Planned Parenthood health centers, and online. You can also buy sponges on the Today Sponge website.

Is the Today Sponge still available?

The Today sponge, discontinued in 1995, may be back on shelves this fall, thanks to Allendale Pharmaceuticals of Allendale, New Jersey. When the apparatus became scarce and, ultimately unavailable, many sponge devotees were outraged.

What happened to the contraceptive sponge?

Originally developed in the 1980s, the Today Sponge was pulled off the market in 1994 after inspectors from the Food and Drug Administration found bacterial contamination at its manufacturing plant.

Why did they stop selling the sponge?

PIP: The vaginal sponge, an over-the-counter spermicidal contraceptive, will no longer be available to US women. Whitehall-Robins Healthcare, which began manufacturing the sponge in 1983, has ceased manufacturing this product allegedly because of stringent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements.

Can I get birth control pills at Walmart?

Can you buy birth control at Walmart? Yes. The pharmacy at Walmart carries many types of birth control pills. You will need your doctor to send your birth control prescription to Walmart before you can pick it up.

What is a disadvantage of using the contraceptive sponge?

The sponge does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including infection with HIV. Some studies show that use of the sponge dries and irritates the vagina, which may increase the risk of HIV infection. The use of spermicides with nonoxynol-9 may increase your risk of getting HIV/AIDS.

Can a man feel a sponge?

The sponge is made of soft and comfortable material, It feels like normal vaginal tissue. Some partner may feel the sponge during intercourse, but this is usually not objectionable.

How long is a sponge good for?

But no matter how diligent you are about cleaning, your kitchen sponges won’t last forever. Clean them weekly, and toss shabby ones every two to three weeks, depending on use.

Can you buy birth control target?

National chain stores and pharmacies such as Target and Walmart often carry a diverse selection of over-the-counter birth control methods.

Where can I get birth control pills over the counter?

Most drugstores and grocery stores such as Walgreens, CVS, and Walmart offer OTC birth control in stores or online. If you’re looking for a particular brand and can’t find it in the store, try the store’s website where there’s often a larger selection. OTC birth control options are nonhormonal.

Can my partner feel the sponge?

Will my partner or I be able to feel the sponge? The sponge is soft and once inserted properly you or your partner should not be able to feel it. If it feels uncomfortable, it may not be inserted the right way.

Where can I buy the birth control sponge?

Where can I buy the sponge? The only contraceptive sponge brand available in the U.S. is called the Today Sponge. You can buy the Today Sponge over-the-counter at pharmacies, drugstores, and some supermarkets and grocery stores. It’s also available on the Today Sponge website and other online retailers.

When do you put a contraceptive sponge in your vagina?

The contraceptive sponge is inserted in the vagina before sex to prevent pregnancy. The contraceptive sponge is a type of birth control (contraceptive) that prevents sperm from entering the uterus.

Is there a prescription for the Today sponge?

Today® Sponge is sold over-the-counter, without a physicians’ prescription. No special fitting is required. Its small size allows a woman to carry it unobtrusively in her purse. In addition, it is disposable after each use. And, unlike the pill, Today® Sponge is used only when needed.

Are there any sponges that help prevent pregnancy?

The sponge covers your cervix and contains spermicide to help prevent pregnancy. Each sponge has a fabric loop attached to it to make it easier to take out. The only brand of sponge sold in the U.S. is the Today Sponge.

You don’t need a prescription to buy the birth control sponge, and you can find it in most drugstores and online. The only contraceptive sponge brand available in the U.S. is called the Today Sponge. You can buy the Today Sponge over-the-counter at pharmacies, drugstores, and some supermarkets and grocery stores.

How effective is a sponge?

The Today Sponge is effective between 80 to 91 percent of the time, if used perfectly. With typical use it is 76- to 88-percent effective.

Where can you buy a sponge?

You can buy the Today Sponge over-the-counter at pharmacies, drugstores, and some supermarkets and grocery stores. It’s also available on the Today Sponge website and other online retailers. Some family planning clinics and Planned Parenthood health centers carry the sponge as well.