Where Can I Buy Today Sponge?

Where to Buy Sponge
Where to Buy Sponge. Photo © Dawn Stacey

What is the Sponge?

The contraceptive sponge is a soft, round contraceptive device. It contains nonoxynol-9, which is a type of spermicide. The sponge blocks sperm from entering your cervix. It is a reversible, over-the-counter barrier method of birth control.

Can I Still Buy the Sponge?

You may be wondering if you can even buy the sponge. This is because the contraceptive sponge had been off the market for a long time. But, the answer to this question is YES! You can buy the sponge.

Before I tell you where to buy the sponge, it may be helpful for me to first explain the history of the sponge. Why? Well you could be one of the many women who may be worried about using the sponge because it was taken off the market. So, let me help to get rid of any fears that you may have.

Sponge History: Why There Was a Time You Couldn't Buy the Sponge:

The Today Sponge was first offered way back in 1983. It was the first female birth control method to merge a barrier contraceptive with a spermicide in one product (that was super easy to use). It quickly became the highest-selling OTC female birth contraceptive in the United Staes. To date, over 250 million sponges have been sold.

  • In 1994 -- Wyeth (the previous manufacturer) of the sponge voluntarily took it off store shelves. At that time, the FDA increased manufacturing standards -- Wyeth was required to make changes to the equipment at their manufacturing plant. So, in 1995, Wyeth decided to stop making the sponge instead of fixing their equipment or moving to another manufacturing facility.
  • In 1998 -- Allendale Pharmaceuticals bought the rights to start making the contraceptive sponge again. After receiving FDA-approval of their manufacturing plant, the contraceptive sponge was being sold again in Canada (in March 2003). In September, 2005, you were able to buy the sponge again in the United States.
  • In 2007 -- Allendale Pharmaceuticals was taken over by Synova Healthcare, Inc. But, Synova filed for bankruptcy 11 months later. So, then the Alvogen Group, Inc. bought the rights to the make and sell the contraceptive sponge. 
  • In 2008 -- Mayer Labs signed an agreement with the Alvogen Group, Inc. for exclusive marketing rights to the contraceptive sponge in the United States, Europe and Canada.
  • In May 2009 - The contraceptive sponge is re-launched in more than 13,000 drug stores across the United States and online.

It is important to point out again that: the sponge was never taken off the market due to safety issues -- the issue was with the equipment at its old manufacturing site. The reason the sponge was not sold between 2007 and 2009 had nothing to do with the sponge's quality or effectiveness. It was only taken off the market (at that time) because Synova had filed for bankruptcy.

Not Being Able to Buy the Sponge Makes it Into Popular Culture - "Is He Sponge-Worthy?":

A "fun fact" -- not being able to buy the sponge becomes a popular theme because of a 1995 Seinfeld episode titled, The Sponge. During that episode, Elaine tries to buy a whole case of sponges -- because of the announcement that she would no longer be able to buy the sponge. She is then faced with figuring out how to ration her sponge supply. So, Elaine would only use one of her sponges is she thought her potential sex partner was "sponge-worthy."

Where to Buy the Sponge:

Even though the sponge has had a bit or a bumpy past -- you can now buy the sponge again. Yep, this safe and popular birth control method has been available since 2009. Here is where you can buy the sponge over-the-counter at:

  • CVS
  • Longs drugstores
  • Walgreens/Duane Reade
  • Rite Aid 
  • Walmart
  • Sav-On Drugs
  • Krogers
  • Target
  • In Canada -- you can also buy the sponge at Pharmaprix and Shoppers Drug Mart
  • You may also be able to buy the sponge at some of your local natural retailers/supplement stores. Many are beginning to sell the sponge as a way to expand their sexual wellness section. New Seasons Market (in the Oregon area) has started to sell the sponge.

You Can Also Buy the Sponge Online:

Today Sponge website: The sponge will cost you $13.99 for a 3-pack box (3 sponges) -- plus free shipping! company will also provide free first class shipping if you buy 12 or more sponges.

If you are a true sponge lovers, you can join Today Sponges's SpongeWorthy Club -- where you can save time, receive free shipping and save money:

  • SpongeWorthy-10: $12.29 per 3-pack box (receive 2 boxes shipped to you every 2 months)
  • SpongeWorthy-15: $11.59 per 3-pack box (receive 4 boxes shipped to you every 3 months)
  • SpongeWorthy-20: $10.90 per 3-pack box (receive 6 boxes shipped to you every 3 months)
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