Cervical Cap

A woman uses spermicide to coat the inside of this silicone or latex thimble-shaped device. Then she inserts it to the back of her vagina so that it suctions over the cervix, where it blocks sperm.

success rate
With typical use, 20 women out of 100 become pregnant in one year. With perfect use, nine women out of 100 become pregnant in one year.

groovy part
It can provide continuous protection for 48 hours, no matter how many times you have intercourse (unlike the diaphragm, additional spermicide is not needed for additional acts of intercourse).

drag factor
Won’t protect effectively against most STDs, including HIV; can increase the risk of urinary tract infections and toxic shock syndrome; it only comes in four sizes so it may not be an option for everyone. Also, it has to stay in place for six hours after the last act of intercourse.

how to get it
Through a prescription from a health care provider; the cost is about $35 to $60 plus the cost of spermicide, and the exam and fitting for the cervical cap. Many clinics also have sliding scale fees, meaning you pay based on what you can afford.

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