No. The cervical cap would impede the natural flow of menstrual bleeding. To be protected against unintended pregnancies during that period in time, you must use another contraceptive method until your menstruation is finished.
The cervical cap comes in different sizes. A pelvic examination by your doctor or healthcare provider will determine which size you need based on your obstetrical history. For example, women who never have been pregnant will use a smaller size than women who have had delivered a baby. Smaller or larger sizes are then inserted until the correct fit is achieved.
The user should practice insertion under supervision and placement should be inspected to ensure that the fitting ring is correctly positioned in the vagina. The cervical cap may require resizing following a full-term pregnancy, pelvic surgery, or abortion, or if there is a major change in weight.
It is recommended that the cervical cap gets replaced every year or even sooner if it shows any signs of deterioration.
No. The cervical cap will be specifically fitted by a healthcare provider to ensure it properly fits you. The cervical cap should also be checked frequently by a healthcare provider to make sure it still fits well.
Wearing the cervical cap for longer than 48 hours at a time can promote bacterial growth inside the vagina. These bacteria can lead to Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) which is a rare but serious infection.
No. A cervical cap should not be removed sooner than six hours after sex. Additional spermicide is required every time you have sex and it should be placed in the vagina with the cervical cap left in place.
The cervical cap can be inserted immediately before or up to 40 hours before sex.
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Accessed on September 6, 2016