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How do I use a cervical cap?

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You coat the inside of the cap with spermicide, and insert it into your vagina and up to her cervix before sex. The cap blocks the cervix and the spermicide kills the sperm.

You must keep the cap in place for at least 6 hours after sex. During that time, if you have sex again, you don’t need to reapply the spermicide. But you should check that the cap is still in place.

The woman uses her fingers to take the cap out. It’s important to do that within 48 hours (2 days) after having sex. If you leave it in, there’s a chance you could get a staph infection .

From: What Is the Cervical Cap? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Cervical Cap Fact Sheet.”

Teens Health from Nemours: “Cervical Cap.”

CDC: “Contraception.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on August 12, 2017

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Cervical Cap Fact Sheet.”

Teens Health from Nemours: “Cervical Cap.”

CDC: “Contraception.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on August 12, 2017

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