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Contraceptive Sponges

Definition : Contraceptive devices intended to be inserted intra-vaginally against a woman's cervix. These sponges aredesigned to prevent sperm from gaining access to the female reproductive tract by providing a physical barrier. Contraceptive sponges are soft, disk-shaped devices made of polyurethane foam that are approximately 2 inches in diameter and three-quarters of an inch thick. They are coated with spermicide that blocks or kills sperm. Contraceptive sponges are available over-the-counter and they do not come in multiple sizes; it is intended that one size fits all women and so do not need to be fitted by a healthcare provider. A contraceptive sponge is inserted into the vagina to cover the cervix to prevent sperm from entering the uterus through the cervix and to release spermicide into the vagina. It has a small pull-strap to assist with removal.

Entry Terms : "Intracervical Devices" , "Vaginal Contraceptives" , "Contraceptive Devices" , "Sponges, Contraceptive"

UMDC code : 16915

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