- 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.