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The Cervical Cap

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.

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sunaina.4 years ago
what is better Cervical Cap or pill??
Arush.5 years ago
Diaphragm is very effective method of birth control. the only drawback is that it cannot be worn during the periods and soon after delivery. It increases the risk of toxic shock syndrome. So during these times other methods of birth control should be used.
Visha.5 years ago
I had awful periods with much cramping. I chose diaphragm as contraceptive option. I am happy with my choice. It is easy to use though difficult initially. It can be reused.
Lisa.5 years ago
I had tried many methods of contraception like the pill and IUD but found the cervical cap to be most effective. Initially it was very tough for me to insert it correctly but with regular usage, it is now quick and easy. I can insert it anytime so there is no need of tension.
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