The cervical cap is not usually recommended for young women because it can be difficult to correctly insert. Make sure to practice inserting and removing your cervical cap before using it during sex. The highest risk of pregnancy occurs during the first few months of use. To increase effectiveness, check the position of your cap before and after sex to make sure that has stayed in place. If the cap moved during sex, consider using emergency contraception.
Effectiveness:For those who have not given birth:
- Typical use: 84% effective
- Perfect use: 91% effective
- Of every 100 women who use cervical caps, for those who have not given birth, 16 will become pregnant (with typical use) and 9 will become pregnant with perfect use.
- Typical use: 68% effective
- Perfect use: 74% effective
- Of every 100 women who use cervical caps, for those who have given birth, 32 will become pregnant (with typical use) and 26 will become pregnant with perfect use.
FemCap: silicone cup offered in 3 sizes:
- Small (never been pregnant)
- Medium (had a c-section or abortion)
- Large (had a vaginal birth)
Lea Shield: silicone cup with an air valve and a loop to remove; comes in one size.