What is cervical cap?

The cervical cap comes in different sizes. Your health care provider will fit you for the cervical cap and demonstrate how to insert and remove the cap. He or she may confirm that the cervical cap is in the correct position by doing a pelvic exam.

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Also known as Vaginal Ring, Coiled Spring, Cervical Caps, Coiled Springs, Vaginal Rings, Vaginal Sponge, Vaginal Diaphragm, Vaginal Sponges, Vaginal Diaphragms, Vaginal Shield, Female Contraceptive Devices, Female Contraceptive Device, Vaginal Shields
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cervical cap

The cervical cap is a reusable, deep rubber cup shaped like a sailor's hat that fits over the cervix. By covering the cervix, the cap prevents sperm from entering the uterus and coming in contact with the egg. Only the FemCap cervical cap is available in the United States at this time.

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The cervix is the lower end of the uterus. It is located at the top of the vagina and is about one inch long. The cervical canal passes through the cervix, allowing blood from a menstrual period and a baby (fetus) to pass from the womb (uterus) into the vagina. The cervical canal also allows sperm to pass from the vagina into the uterus. Related topics: Cervical cancer Cervical biopsy Cervical inflammation Cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) Cervical polyps Cervical pregnancy Cervical conization Cervical dysplasia PAP smear D and C

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Incompetent Cervix

An incompetent cervix is also called cervical insufficiency. The cervix is the bottom part of your uterus (womb). Normally, the cervix remains closed during pregnancy until your baby is ready to be born. A normal pregnancy lasts for about nine months. An incompetent cervix may begin to open at 4 to 6 months of pregnancy. At this time, the cervix may begin to thin and widen without any pain or contractions. The amniotic sac, also called the bag of water, bulges down into the opening of the cervix until it breaks. This may cause a miscarriage or premature (early) delivery of your baby.

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Cervical intraepithelial neoplasia

Cervical dysplasia refers to the presence of precancerous changes of the cells that make up the inner lining of the cervix, the opening to the womb (uterus). These changes are detected by microscopic analysis of cell samples taken from the cervix during a pelvic exam (such as from a Pap smear).

Cervical Cancer

There is a strong link between certain types of human papilloma virus (HPV) and the development of abnormalities that may turn into cervical cancer.

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Cervical cap - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The cervical cap is a form of barrier contraception. A cervical cap fits over the cervix and blocks sperm from entering the uterus through the external ...

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Cervical Cap

Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Read this article about the cervical cap to find out if it's right for you and how ...

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Birth Control and the Cervical Cap

Feb 24, 2010 ... WebMD offers useful information about the cervical cap, a method of birth control.

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Cervical cap - MedicineNet

Mar 12, 2011 ... The cervical cap is a small (1-1/2 inches or about 3 cm. ... A woman pushes the cervical cap up her vagina and into position over her cervix ...

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Cervical cap definition - Medical Dictionary definitions of ...

Mar 11, 2011 ... Cervical cap: A soft rubber cup with a round rim designed to fit ... The prolonged use of a cervical cap for two or more days may also cause ...

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It's possible to become pregnant when using a cervical cap, especially if: You don't use spermicide; The cervical cap becomes dislodged from the cervix during sex; You remove the cervical cap less than six hours after having sex

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What you can expect
To use a cervical cap: Apply spermicide. Fill the cervical cap's bowl with 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 milliliters) of spermicide. Spread a thin layer of spermicide on the brim of the cervical cap that faces the cervix. Place 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 milliliters) of spermicide in the groove between the rim and the dome of the cervical cap. Don't use oil-based lubricants.; Insert the cervical cap. Insert the cervical cap into your vagina before sexual arousal to ensure proper placement. Find a comfortable position, such as squatting. Separate your labia with one hand. With the other hand, hold the cervical cap with the bowl facing upward and squeeze the rim of the cervical cap between your thumb and index finger. Slide the cervical cap into your vagina making sure the taller brim of the cervical cap enters your vagina first. Push the cervical cap along the rear wall of your vagina as far as it will go. Use your finger to locate your cervix and press the rim of the cervical cap around the cervix until you've completely covered it.; Always check the cervical cap's position before sex. Squat, bear down, insert your finger into your vagina and press upward on the dome to make sure your cervix is covered. Sweep your finger around the cap rim to make sure you can't feel your cervix outside the cervical cap. Don't allow the cervical cap to become dislodged from the cervix.; Gently remove the cervical cap. After sex, leave the cervical cap in place for at least six hours and up to two days. To remove the cervical cap, squat, bear down and rotate the cap. Relax your muscles and push up on the dome of the cervical cap to break the seal. Grasp the removal strap and gently pull. Be careful not to scratch your vagina. After removal, wash the cervical cap with mild soap and warm water and let it air dry. Store the cervical cap in its provided container.

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Why it's done
When used with spermicide, the cervical cap helps prevent pregnancy. Among various benefits, the cervical cap: Can be used as a backup method of birth control; Can be inserted hours before sex; Doesn't require a partner's cooperation or an erect penis; Doesn't pose a risk of side effects

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