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What is a cervical cap?

A cervical cap is a form of barrier contraception that fits over the cervix inside a woman's vagina and prevents sperm from entering the uterus to fertilize an egg. Other examples of barrier contraception include male and female condoms.

Dr. Deborah Raines, MSN
Nursing Specialist

The cervical cap is a silicone cup that is inserted into the vagina and over the cervix. It is a barrier form of contraception. The cervical cap prevents pregnancy by keeping sperm from coming into proximity with the egg. The effectiveness of the cervical cap is enhanced when used with spermicidal cream or jelly.

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