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Effective Birth Control, No “Pill” Side-Effects

  • Hormone Free, Condom Free
  • 24 Hours of Protection
  • More Effective than Other Spermicides Alone
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  • Effectiveness
  • Ingredients
  • Warnings
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Summary of Clinical Efficacy Study:

Today Sponge is 89-91% effective, what does it mean?
Over 1,850 women used the Today Sponge over a 1 year period
Over 230,000 acts of intercourse produced 179 pregnancies

• Translation: One Pregnancy for Every 1287 Acts
..of Intercourse*


Pregnancy Rates for Birth Control Methods
(For One Year of Use)

In clinical studies with Today® Sponge, the pregnancy rates per 100 women during the first year of use were:

= About 1 out of 10 women (9-11%) became pregnant when using this correctly all the time.

= The possibility of getting pregnant increased to about 1 out of 7 women (13-16%) when this product was not used correctly.

.*McClure DA, Edelman DA. "Worldwide method effectiveness of the Today vaginal contraceptive sponge." Adv Contracept 1985; 1:305-311.

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Active Ingredients: Nonoxynol 9 (1000mg)

Inactive Ingredients:
Benzoic acid, citric acid, sodium dihydrogen citrate, sodium metabisulfite, sorbic acid, water in a polyurethane foam sponge.

Warnings

• For vaginal use only
• Not for rectal (anal) use

Toxic Shock Syndrome: Some cases of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) have been reported in women using barrier contraceptives, including the sponge. TSS is a rare, but serious disease that may cause death. Warning signs of TSS include fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain, dizziness, faintness or a sunburn-like rash on face or body. If you have any of these signs, remove the sponge and get medical help right away

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) alert: This product does not protect against HIV/AIDS or other STDs and may increase the risk of getting HIV from an infected partner

Do not use
• within the first six weeks after giving birth
• if you have ever had Toxic Shock Syndrome
• during your menstrual period
• if you or your sex partner has HIV/AIDS. If you do not know if you or your sex partner is infected, choose another form of birth control
• if you are allergic to sulfites. This product contains sodium metabisulfite which may cause severe allergic reactions in some people
• if you have ever had an allergic reaction to nonoxynol 9 or to this product

Ask a doctor before use if you have
• recently had a miscarriage or an abortion
• been told that you should not become pregnant
• a vaginal or uterine condition, such as a vaginal septum or uterine prolapse, which may keep the product from working
• a new partner, multiple sex partners, or unprotected sex. Frequent use (more than once a day) of this product can increase vaginal irritation, which may increase the risk of getting the HIV/AIDS virus or other STDs from infected partners

When using this product
• you may get vaginal irritation (burning, itching, or a rash)

Stop use and ask a doctor if
• you or your partner get burning, itching, a rash, or other irritation of the vagina or penis
• you or your partner have difficult or painful urination
• you get abdominal pain, fever, chills, or foul-smelling vaginal discharge
• you become pregnant

Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.

 

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