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Cervical Cap

A cervical cap is a silicone cup you insert in your vagina to cover your cervix and keep sperm out of your uterus. There's only one brand of cervical cap available in the U.S. today, and it's named the FemCap. One important thing to remember: You need to use a cervical cap with spermicide for it to be most effective.

Details

Comfortable with your body
It's a bit like putting in a tampon.

It takes discipline
You've got to remember to insert your cervical cap each and every time you have sex, so it takes a bit of self-discipline and planning.

You haven't had a baby yet
Cervical caps are more effective for women who haven't given birth.

Allergy issues
If you're allergic to silicone or spermicide, you shouldn't use a cervical cap.

You don't have sex often
Inserting a cervical cap can take a while, so it's not exactly ideal if you have sex often. The cap can be  left  in place for up to 48 hours.

Not while you're bleeding
Don't use a cervical cap while you're having your period.

The pregnancy question
You'll be able to get pregnant as soon as you stop using the cervical cap. So protect yourself with another method right away if you're not ready to get pregnant.

Side Effects

The Positive

  • You can put a cervical cap in hours in advance
  • Neither you nor your partner should be able to feel it
  • Doesn't affect your hormones
  • No prescription necessary
  • Can be used while breastfeeding

The Negative

  • Some women have a hard time inserting it
  • Can cause vaginal irritation
  • Some women can get frequent urinary tract infections
  • You have to use it every time you have sex, no matter what
  • If you're allergic to spermicide or silicone, you shouldn't use a cervical cap
     

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