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The cervical cap is not a method of birth control that is widely used, and very few health care providers recommend this type of contraception. If you are interested in the cervical cap, be sure to check with your health care provider to see if this method is available.
What is a cervical cap?
A soft rubber barrier that covers the cervix in order to prevent sperm from entering into the uterus.
How does it work?
It blocks most sperm from entering the uterus. Spermicide is added to the cervical cap to kill any sperm that may get outside of the protection of the cap.
How effective is it?
Typical use, which is the average way cervical caps are used, reveals a failure rate of approximately 20%. This means that 20 people out of every 100 will become pregnant during the first year of use. You should take a pregnancy test if you are experiencing any pregnancy symptoms.
What are the side effects or health risks of a cervical cap?
The most common side effect from using a cervical cap is vaginal irritation. Some women also experience an increase in the number of bladder infections they have.
The cervical cap should not be used by women who have:
Is a cervical cap reversible?
Yes. A cervical cap does not have any effects on either the male's or the female's reproductive function. It is possible to get pregnant immediately when cervical caps are no longer used.
How much does a cervical cap cost?
There are three fees associated with the use of a cervical cap: health care provider's visit, the cervical cap, and the spermicidal agent. Office visits to obtain a prescription for a cervical cap range from $50 to $200, the cervical cap costs between $15 and $50 dollars and spermicidal jellies, foams, or creams range from $7 to $18 dollars per package. The cervical cap can last up to two years.
What about cervical caps and sexually transmitted diseases (STD's)?
The cervical cap does NOT provide protection against the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.
What are the pros and cons of cervical caps?
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