The cervical cap is a contraception device used to prevent pregnancy. It fixes over the cervix and prevents the sperm from entering the uterus. However, this is not a highly practised method of contraception and is recommended very rarely. Also, one should ensure a proper medical check up and take advice from a good health care provider for adopting this method of birth control.
How does a cervical cap work?
Cervical cap prohibits the entry of sperms from entering the uterus. Moreover, the spermicide is also added to cervical cap in order to kill the sperm that comes outside the boundary of the protected area.
How effective is a cervical cap?
It isn’t a very effective method of contraception. On an average, every 20 women out of 100 get pregnant with the use of this technique. So it is advisable that you should consult your healthcare provider to ensure that it is safe. Also one should take pregnancy tests if there are any visible symptoms of pregnancy.
What are the side effects of using a cervical cap?
Vaginal irritation and bladder infection are the most common side effects of using a cervical cap. So, it isn’t a prominent method of contraception. A detailed study and analysis are mandatory before undertaking this form of birth control.
Who should not undertake cervical cap for birth control?
Women who have an abnormal shape of the cervix and have a history of severe cervicitis should not opt for this method. Moreover, those who had a history of the pelvic inflammatory disease and abnormal pap smears (presence of cancer cells) in the body should not go for this type of birth control method.
Is the process of cervical cap reversible?
Definitely! You can use it within 48 hours of proper intercourse. There are certain side effects of the cervical cap but it does not harm the reproductive organs of either male or female.
Does a cervical cap protect against Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)?
No, the cervical cap does not provide any protection against the sexually transmitted diseases. Hence, one has to ensure the adoption of some other method to escape the STD.
What are the pros and cons of the cervical cap?
- You can re-use it.
- It is also quite inexpensive.
- The cervical cap is smaller in size.
- It requires less spermicide.
- You can use it for repetitive intercourse practice within 48 hours.
- It does not hinder sexual intercourse.
- It is good for sexual encounter
- Using spermicide is a messy affair.
- This method may lead to cervicitis.
- It may get stuck into the cervix therefore, the removal may require the medical attention.
- It may lead to the occurrence of UTI ( Urinary Tract Infection).
- The cervical cap also has to be clean.
- It has to be re-sized after the pregnancy, abortion, pelvic surgery, weight loss and also weight gain.