It is convenient, easy to use, reasonably priced and has few adverse side effects, so I guess in that perverse way the world works, it was distressing but maybe not so surprising when they took the sponge off the market. It's not like women have that many great choices when it comes to contraception. If you want constant protection and convenience you have to mess with your hormone levels. If you don't want to fool around with your hormones, you have to go with a barrier method, a diaphragm or a condom, and they definitely do their job, but they call for some forethought.
Now they are reporting that the contraceptive sponge is near U.S. return. Hey, between this development and the recent findings that sex makes you smarter maybe it's time for a resurgence of that good old hippie slogan-- Make Love Not War.