The cervical cap is a method of birth control for women. It is to be inserted under doctor’s supervision. It has many advantages over other methods of birth control. Read on to know more about cervical cap.
The cervical cap operates on the same premise as a diaphragm, i.e. it prevents the sperm from getting into the uterus. It is 85% effective. As in the case of the diaphragm, you will need a prescription to get the right size and it will have to be inserted under doctor's supervision the first time. The difference is that it is smaller and more rigid and fits snugly over the cervix.
The cervical cap has certain advantages over the diaphragm. It can be left in for up to forty-eight hours. Spermicide need not be reapplied for repeated intercourse. In addition, the cervical cap can be inserted at any convenient time and not necessarily just prior to intercourse. It provides moderate protection against venereal disease and does not affect the sensation during sex. However, it is more difficult to insert and remove than the diaphragm. As there are limited sizes, there is a greater risk of dislodgement as result of not getting the proper fit.
You must have normal Pap smears before you can wear the cap. The cap cannot be worn during menses, or in the first few weeks after delivery or an abortion as there is a slightly increased risk of toxic shock syndrome during these times.