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Cervical Cap for Birth Control

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The cervical cap is used to prevent pregnancy. It's called a barrier method of birth control. This is because it keeps the sperm and eggs apart.

The cap fits inside your vagina and covers the cervix. The cervix is the opening of the uterus. You can put the cap in anytime up to 6 hours before you have sex. After sex, you must leave it in your vagina for at least 6 hours. After it has been in your vagina for 6 hours, you can take it out anytime up to 48 hours later.

Your doctor can fit you for a cervical cap. Then he or she will write a prescription for the right size cap. A cap lasts for 1 year.

For the cap to work well, you need to use it every time you have sexual intercourse. You must use spermicide with it.

How well does it work?

How well the cap works depends on whether you've had a baby by a vaginal birth.

If you use a male condom with the cap, you can lower your chances of getting pregnant.

Be sure to tell your doctor about any health problems you have or medicines you take. He or she can help you choose the birth control method that is right for you.

What are the advantages of using a cervical cap for birth control?

What are the disadvantages of using a cervical cap for birth control?

If you think you used the cap incorrectly, you can use emergency contraception to help prevent pregnancy. The most effective emergency contraception is an IUD (inserted by a doctor). You can also get emergency contraceptive pills. You can get them with a prescription from your doctor or without a prescription at most drugstores.

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Current as of: August 2, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine

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