Preparing for Pregnancy

Folic Acid

Folic acid minimizes the risk of your baby having a neural tube defect. Since the neural tube develops very early in pregnancy (18-30 days after conception), often before a women even knows that she is pregnant, you should start taking it before getting pregnant. Learn more about folic acid and neura tube defects.

The Sponge

The Sponge is a polyurethane foam that contains three special spermicides. It releases a spermicidal gel, that creates a barrier, protecting against any sperm passing through to the cervix. The spermicide successfully immobilizes and kills the sperm on contact. If used properly, it has a success rate of 90%.


Spermicide comes in many forms. Currently on the market, we have a variety to choose from. There are foams, suppositories, films, creams and gels available without a prescription. Spermicides have a success rate of 85% if used properly. It is suggested that you use a condom in addition to the spermicide or Pill.