FemCap – sounds like a new fashion style? The cervical cap is a silicone cap that is inserted into the vagina and cover the cervix. In the United States, there is only one cervical cap method available called Femcap. The cervical cap blocks the opening of the uterus.

The cervical cap is most effective for women that have not given birth.

Of 100 women who use the cervical cap always, 14 to 29 will become pregnant. To increase effectiveness use the cervical cap with a condom or pull out before ejaculation.

How to use

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Put 1 tsp of spermicide on the dome and spread it all over the brim. Put another tsp of spermicide on the folded area between the brim and the dome.
  3. Find a comfortable position. With your middle finger, find your cervix, so you will know where it goes.
  4. Separate the lips of the vagina and slide the cervical cap dome-side down into the vagina, with the long brim entering first.
  5. Push down toward your anus, then up and onto your cervix. Make sure your cervix is totally covered.

To remove the cervical cap:

  1. With your finger get a hold of the removal strap, and rotate the cap.
  2. Push on the dome a bit with your finger to break the suction.
  3. Hook your finger under the strap and pull the cap out.

Side Effects

The Cap will not protect against STI’s or HIV infections.

Some women develop vaginal irritation. This can be a sign of an allergy to the spermicide. If you have a mild reaction to spermicide, try switching brands to clear up the problem.

Serious but less likely side effects.

Check with your healthcare provider if you:

  • feel a burning sensation while urinating
  • are uncomfortable when the cervical cap is in place
  • feel irritation or itching in the genital area, have unusual discharge from the vagina.

These symptoms may be a sign of infection or other condition.

Note to Self

One Cervical Cap can last you up to two years. It cost on average from $60 to $75. Spermicidal jelly or cream costs about $8 to $17 a kit.