cervical cap

Last reviewed 01/2018

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.