The cervical cap is form of barrier contraceptive device used by women.
It is a plastic or metal cap that fits over the cervix and is left in place for several days. A spermicide must be used in combination with a cervical cap.
- advantages: may be in place for several days; cheap; responsibility of the woman
- disadvantages: instruction required for use; difficult technique to learn; not suitable for abnormal cervices.
Note that a cervical cap may be appropriate in some situations where fitting a diaphragm is not possible e.g. if there is poor vaginal tone or mild prolapse, lack of post-pubic shelf, or recurrent cystitis (1)
- (1) Prescriber (2001), 12 (5), 83-95.
Last reviewed 01/2018