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Cervical cap

Information on the cervical cap

All necessary information about the cervical cap. Complete Information on cervical cap. How the cervical cap. Effectiveness, advantages and disadvantages of the cervical cap.

The cervical cap is a flexible barrier contraceptive that is made of latex or silicone. It is placed into the cervix to prevent sperm from entering the uterus, preventing the fertilization of the egg. The cervical cap contains spermicide which kills any sperm that may have gotten past.

The cervical cap is shaped like a small cup with different sizes to fit different vaginas. Your gynecologist is responsible for informing you correctly as it is very important for the cap to be effective.

To properly insert the cervical cap yourself, you must first wash your hands and place the specified quantity of spermicide in the cap. You should place it inside your vagina using a finger to push it in from the base. It should cover the cervix and you will know when it is fully inside as you won’t be able to push it any higher.

Once it is placed, be careful not to crack the cap when removing your finger.

When you want to remove the cervical cap you need to insert your finger into your vagina, locate the handle of the cap and pull it out gently to avoid causing any injury.

Once it has been removed it should be washed with soap and water.

It is recommended that cervical cap be removed from the vagina up to 8 hours after having had sexual intercourse, so that the spermicide works correctly.

The cervical cap must be disposed of within one year of use, but this is dependent on the bodily changes that occur in women.

This contraceptive method is used by women who experience no changes in their cervix, it is important to get a Pap test before using the cervical cap.

This contraceptive is not recommended to be used during menstruation because it would contain the menstrual blood inside the woman instead of letting it be expelled.

It is also recommended if you have had an abortion, or any vaginal infection.
It is not a contraceptive recommended for adolescents.

Cervical cap: effectiveness

The cervical cap is a very effective contraceptive, its effectiveness rate is close to 85%. To increase its effectiveness it is recommended to also use a barrier contraceptive like condoms or spermicides.

Cervical: advantages

Here are some advantages of the use of the cervical cap:

- The cervical cap does not prevent the spontaneity of sexual intercourse, as it can be introduced into the vagina up to 24 hours before having sex.

- Is an economic contraceptive because it is reusable, after use it should be washed with soap and water then left to air dry.

- It is not noticeable during sexual intercourse.

- It doesn’t cause hormonal changes in women.

- Can be used whilst breast feeding.

- It is a contraceptive that protects against chlamydia.

- The cervical cap may not be used by women who are allergic to latex or spermicide.

Cervical cap: disadvantages

Below are some of the disadvantages that may arrise from the use of the cervical cap:

- The cervical cap has a low effectiveness.

- It does not protect against most sexually transmitted diseases and infections (STDs and STIs).

- Women should wear it whenever they have sex.

- Some women find it difficult to insert and position it and to have it removed.

- There is an increased risk of urinary tract infection and vaginal irritation.

- If it is in the vagina for more than 24 hours is no risk of infection occurs.

- After giving birth you have to check the required size of the cervical cap.