RisksBy Mayo Clinic staff
An estimated 12 out of 100 women who've never given birth will get pregnant during the first year of typical use the contraceptive sponge. An estimated 24 out of 100 women who've given birth will get pregnant during the first year of typical use of the contraceptive sponge.
The contraceptive sponge doesn't offer protection from sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
The contraceptive sponge and the spermicide it releases may cause:
- Vaginal irritation or dryness
- Urinary tract or vaginal infection
- An increased risk of contracting STIs
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