It’s been ten years since anyone’s been dubbed “spongeworthy”, but that’s about to change. The FDA has allowed the return of the over-the-counter, contraceptive sponge:
“The product was found to be safe and effective,” FDA spokeswoman Susan Cruzan said.
The polyurethane sponges, which have been sold by manufacturer Allendale Pharmaceuticals in Canada and over the Internet since March 2003, will be available in the United States in two months through a company Web site and in four months at retail drug stores, followed by discount stores such as Wal-Mart, Allendale said…
…The Today Sponge prevents pregnancy by covering the cervix and releasing spermicide from inside the soft, concave device. About 250 million of the sponges were sold from 1983 to 1995, and women favored it because it was easy to obtain and use.