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How effective is the birth control sponge?

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Out of 100 women who use the sponge, 9-11 will get pregnant in a typical year. The sponge doesn't protect against STDs.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Contraceptive Sponge."

womenshealth.gov: "Birth control methods fact sheet."

MedlinePlus: "Vaginal sponge and spermicides."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on October 10, 2017

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Contraceptive Sponge."

womenshealth.gov: "Birth control methods fact sheet."

MedlinePlus: "Vaginal sponge and spermicides."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on October 10, 2017

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