Cervical Cap – A Birth Control Method

The cervical cap is a birth control device that prevents sperm from entering the uterus…

Whats in this article :

  1. How to use the cervical cap?
  2. How does the cap work?
  3. Are the cervical caps safe for you?
  4. What are the possible side effects of cervical caps?
  5. What are the advantages or benefits of cervical caps?
  6. What are the disadvantages of cervical caps?

Barrier methods to prevent pregnancy, have been around for centuries. The cervical cap is one of them. The cap covers the cervix and prevents semen from entering the uterus. The cap has been used since the late 1800s. But, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved the modern-day cervical cap in 1988. After that, the various brands have been available. Currently, the FemCap is the only cervical cap available in the US.

What is a cervical cap?  

A cervical cap is a method of barrier contraception. It is a little cup, made from soft silicone. Its shape is just like a sailor’s hat. A woman can put it deep inside the vagina to cover her cervix ( a part of the uterus that opens into the upper part of your vagina). It prevents pregnancy by blocking the sperm from entering the uterus through the external orifice of the uterus.

Most of the people use this cap with spermicide (a cream or gel that kills sperm) so that it works better. The spermicide contains chemicals that kill sperm so they can’t get to the egg. When you add it to the cap before inserting to your vagina, then it makes more effective to prevent pregnancy.

You can insert this cap inside of your vagina 6 hours before having sex and must betake it out at least 6 hours. Notice that the cap is no longer than 48 hours. When you insert the cap, then check its position. Add spermicide every time when you sex. After the intercourse, left it in place for at least 6 hours. Take precaution when you remove the cap. You can remove it by placing a finger in your vagina to pull the cap out.

The cervical caps work 85%. According to a survey, about 15 out of 100 typical couples who use cervical caps will have an accidental pregnancy. The cap is less effective for the women who have a baby.

The cervical cap is easy to use once you get the hang of it. It may take some practice to get the hang of inserting your cervical cap. Your doctor will show you how to put the cervical cap in, and there are also instructions that come with the packaging.

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