A small silicone cup that prevents pregnancy.Cervical Cap
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Our bottom line
The cervical cap is easy to use but not great at preventing pregnancy on its own. It's most effective (and recommended) when used with a spermicide, which can be irritating and messy.
What’s the failure rate?
of people using this method got pregnant in a year
- Can be inserted right before sex, or up to 6 hours beforehand (won't interrupt the heat of the moment!).
- Doesn't contain hormones, which is better for some women.
- Usually inexpensive, and can be used for up to 2 years.
- Can be left in for 48 hours – and you can have sex as many times as you want in that time frame.
- Getting one is easy after a fitting – you can pick it up at a pharmacy or order online and have it delivered.
- Requires a visit with a gynocologist for an examination and fitting.
- Not recommended for use during your period – best to use another method of birth control around this time.
- Might take some practice to insert and remove it correctly.
- Best when used with a spermicide, which can irritate some women's vaginas or cause urinary tract infections.
- Must be left inside the vagina for 6 hours after sex in order for it to work.
- Less effective for women who've already given birth.
- Doesn't protect against STDs.