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LuckySoFar
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I have a question about the sponge. My boyfriend and I have tried to use the sponge a few times and it broke, right in two. We followed the instructions, and the sponge was very damp. My cervix protrudes pretty far out and his penis is longer then I am deep, I don't know if that had anything to do with it. I'm on the pill but we want to us another form of birth control just to be safe. We have both been tested and we have been together for over a year and I'd really like to use some kind of spermicide, because it's really hard to find condoms in the right size. What kind of other over the counter options are out there for spermicide? Do you know why the sponge broke?

Thanks for your help.

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Heather
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I'll be frank: I'm not a sponge fan. Not only are they SO messy, their effectiveness rating isn't even that good with perfect use. Per why it broke, I really don't know: could have been on the shelf past an expiry date, who knows. Like I said, not a method I generally recommend.

(I'd also ask youyr GYN about the cervix issue, too: likely, your cervix doesn't protrude any more than anyone elses, and when we're fully aroused, everyone's cervix pulls back. It's always helpful to know if we just don't have an issue we think we do.)

That said, flatly, if you want backup with the pill, condoms really are the best and easiest bet (and a really nice way for you and a partner to share responsibility, rather than you dealing with side effects from more than one method). Ring sizes do vary and if your partner needs a bigger ring size (length is never an issue: a standard length condom will stretch over a forearm, which no penis is larger than), trhat's easy-peasy. Or, if spermicide is what you want, you can just add tube-based spermicide when you have intercourse (also what's used with diaphragms, if you want to look into those as a backup option): this is also available over the counter.

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LuckySoFar
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Thank you.
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