How Do I Use It?
A Cervical Cap, known as the FemCap, is a silicone, non-hormonal contraceptive device which is placed around your cervix to prevent sperm from entering during vaginal sex. It can be inserted for up to 6 hours before intercourse and should be left in place for 6 hours afterwards.
Choosing to use your FemCap with spermicide or contraceptive gel will increase your likelihood of preventing pregnancy, although is usually used in conjunction with a toxic Spermicide. If you’d rather stay on the natural side of the birth control spectrum, ContraGel claims to be a vegan, all natural alternative to spermicide.
The FemCap comes in 3 different sizes based on your pregnancy history:
22mm FemCap - If you have never been pregnant
26mm FemCap - If you have been pregnant for even two weeks (ie: have had a miscarriage, abortion, or caesarian section)
30mm FemCap - If you have given a vaginal birth
It is necessary to see your healthcare provider to receive accurate sizing.
How Much Does It Cost?
The price ranges from $100-$145.
What are the side effects?
If you are allergic to silicone your skin may become irritated.
How Effective Is it?
86% Effective with perfect use, 14% Failure rate
71% Effective with typical use, 29% Failure rate
The effectiveness rate will rise if used as a barrier method along with male condoms or withdrawal.
Can not be used if you have:
- Given birth in the last 10 weeks
- Had surgery or an abortion in the past 10 weeks
- Reproductive infections, illnesses or discomforts
- Any breakthrough bleeding or are on your menstrual period (since the FemCap covers the opening of your cervix, the natural flow of menses would be blocked)
- Generally can not be felt by you or your partner
- Washable and reusable for up to two years if washed with warm water and air dried after each use
- Can be used while Breastfeeding
- Hormone free
- Will be more effective for those who have not given birth