The Contraceptive Sponge

Kristian Witters and Taylor Caruthers

A Brief History

The Today Sponge was developed beginning in 1976 and introduced in the United States in 1983. Today was removed from the market in 1994. Following several delays, the Today brand became available again in Canada in March 2003, and in the U.S. in September 2005. After the manufacturer's parent company declared bankruptcy in 2007, the brand was off the market until relaunched in 2009.

How it works?


placed inside of the female to the cervix

- duration

one use for each sponge; 12-24 hrs

-stage of fertilization

stops sperm from fertilizing egg, by killing the sperm

Male Or Female Use?


Side Effects?

Irritation of the Rectum

Vaginal Irritation, burning and Dryness

Genital Itching

Protection Against STD's?

The sponge provides no protection

How Effective?

9 out of 100 women get pregnant each year


Comment Stream