Q: Is it true you’re likely to gain weight after going on birth
A: Sorry, but if the numbers on the scale are higher than you’d like,
you probably can’t blame that little blister pack.
"On average, for women on birth control pills, as many will lose weight as
will gain weight," says Vanessa Dalton, MD, MPH, an assistant professor of
obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Michigan Health System.
Although some women gain weight while on the pill, it’s hard to say...
Out of 100 women who use the sponge, 9-11 will get pregnant in a typical year.
How Does It Work?
First, the woman moistens the sponge with water. Then she places it into her vagina. It must stay there for at least 6 hours, and come out after no more than 30 hours. There’s a loop on the sponge to make it easier to take out.
The device protects against pregnancy in three ways:
1. It releases a spermicide to kill sperm cells for 24 hours. You can have sex during that time without needing more spermicide.
2. It’s designed to trap and absorb semen before the sperm have a chance to enter the cervix, which connects the vagina to the uterus.
3. It acts as a barrier between the sperm and the cervix.
Where Can I Get the Sponge?
It's available at most pharmacies and clinics.
Does It Protect Against Sexually Transmitted Diseases?
No. To protect against STDs such as HIV, the male condom provides the best protection.