Cervical Cap

Cervical Cap

The cervical Cap is a silicone cup placed on the cervix to prevent sperms and bacteria from entering the uterus.

How does it work?

  • The cervical cap acts as a physical barrier between the sperm and the cervix.
  • The cap should always be used with a gel that blocks and kills sperms. The gel will form a physical barrier of cellulose in front of the cervix and decreases the PH of the vaginal liquid, reducing half of the ejaculated sperm cell.
  • The cervical cap have to be placed in front of the cervix at least 2h before any sexual intercourses.
  • The gel should be applied with an applicator before each sexual intercourse or after two hours have passed.
  • The cervical cap have to stay in the vagina at least 6h after your last intercourse but should not remain in the vagina for more than 48h altogether
  • Cervical caps can be purchased online or in pharmacies with a prescription, which have to be renewed yearly.


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There are currently no data in Canada on the effectiveness of the only cervical cap and gel sold in the country. Some preliminary studies show that the cervical cap has a higher failure rate than all the other contraceptive methods.

  • Without hormones
  • Can be used while breastfeeding
  • It is offered in 3 different sizes
  • Failure rate higher than all the other contraceptive methods.
  • Accrued risk of recurring infections in the urinary tracts
  • Some users can have difficulty inserting the cervical cap properly.
  • The gel needs to be applied before every sexual intercourses
  • Some women are not able to use the cervical cap because it doesn’t adjust to their cervix or they are allergic to silicone.
  • Does not protect against STIs.