CHAPTER 16 - Cervical Caps: Only the Essentials

Key Points for Providers and Clients
  • The cervical cap is placed deep in the vagina before sex. It covers the cervix.
  • Require correct use with every act of sex for greatest effectiveness.
  • Used together with spermicide to improve effectiveness.

What Is the Cervical Cap?

  • A soft, deep, latex or plastic rubber cup that snugly covers the cervix.
  • Comes in different sizes; requires fitting by a specifically trained provider.
  • The cervical cap works by blocking sperm from entering the cervix; spermicides kill or disable sperm. Both keep sperm from meeting an egg.
  • Different brand names include FemCap and Leah's Shield.
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