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Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more


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What's a cervical cap?

What's a cervical cap?

Barrier Contraceptiv: A cervical cap is a form of barrier contraception. It is filled with some spermicide and inserted over the cervix to prevent pregnancy. Modern cervical caps must be fitted by a clinician due to the wide variation in cervical size. They are not often prescribed nowadays. Cassanova is credited (? True) with inventing the cervical cap by using half of a lemon.

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How effective is a cervical cap?

How effective is a cervical cap?

Effective: If used correctly but very few of my pts less than 1/2% use that method there are so many better methods.

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How can I remove the cervical cap?

How can I remove the cervical cap?

Release the vacuum: The ring on the cap helps to create a snug (but not tight fit and a vacuum effect. Either use your finger along the back side of the cup's rim to gently seperate it from the cervix. If thers is a string attached, gently pull it to release the vacuum.

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How should I use the cervical cap?

How should I use the cervical cap?

Avoid it: In 20 years, I have never seen a pt use the cervical cap successfully. Placement is difficult at best. Failures are high. Too many other choices.

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What can a cervical cap be used for?

Prevent pregnancy: This is a device to prevent pregnancy by preventing entrance of sperm into the uterus.

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Can you tell me what is cervical cap?

Can you tell me what is cervical cap?

Cervical Cap: A cervical cap is inserted prior to relations, unlike a diaphragm it can remain in place for up to 48 hrs. The advantage is that it can be placed long before you have intercourse so that lovemaking isn't interrupted. You must check it's position before you have relations. It's more popular on the west coast so it may be difficult to find a physician who is comfortable fitting you.

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Do I need to replace the cervical cap?

Do I need to replace the cervical cap?

Yes: The silicone cervical cap can last up to two years with proper care. You should check to make sure that it has no holes or cracks by holding it up to the light. You can also fill the cap with water and make sure that it has no leaks.

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When should you remove the cervical cap?

When should you remove the cervical cap?

At least 6 hours: Each time you have intercourse, check that the cervical cap is still covering the cervix. You can leave the cap in place and insert more spermicide deep into your vagina. The cervical cap must stay in place six hours after the last intercourse. Do not leave the cervical cap in place for more than 48 hours.

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How does a cervical cap work in the body?

How does a cervical cap work in the body?

Cervical cap: The cervical cap is a form of barrier contraception. It is inserted by the women and, as the name implies, it sits like a "cap" over the cervix. This prevents the sperm from entering the uterus & thereby preventing fertilization of the egg. Spermicide is also added to the dome portion of the cap to increase the effectiveness. Your doctor will need to help select the right size for you.

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How effective is the femcap cervical cap?

About 85%: About 85% when used according to directions.

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How should I take care of the cervical cap?

How should I take care of the cervical cap?

Wash, dry & check it: After you remove the cervical cap, wash it with mild soap and warm water. Allow it to air dry. Be sure to examine the cervical cap regularly to look for small holes or weak spots by holding it up to the light. You can also fill the cup of the cervical cap with water and look for leaks. If you take good care of your cervical cap it may last about two years. The cervical cap is made of silicone.

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What are some advantages of the cervical cap?

What are some advantages of the cervical cap?

There are many: It's very portable, can be inserted up to 6 hors before intercourse--low hassle, the effect is immediate and reversible, it has o hormonal influence and can be used while breast feeding, and its has few serious side effects..

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What are some disadvantages of the cervical cap?

What are some disadvantages of the cervical cap?

A few: Some women are allergic to spermicides, the cap could potentially be moved with some positions, and the cap should not be used when you are menstruating. The risk benefit ratio is very weighted in favor of the cap.

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Is there anyone who can not use the cervical cap?

Anyone: Anyone who can demonstrate effective placement and removal of a cervical cap can use them. It is very important to be taught and be able to demonstrate proper use before making this your choice of birth control.

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Have you used a cervical cap, diaphram, or sponge for bc?

All local methods: Most women do not like doing those messy methods, at your age there is a low dose bcpill loloestrin- only 10mcg estrogen - the safest dose or I would offer u if u want no more kids an in ofice tubal, no incisions, takes 5 minutes easy, safe and effective.

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What is preventing a cervical cap from dislodging or shifting around?

What is preventing a cervical cap from dislodging or shifting around?

Barrier Contraceptiv: A cervical cap is a form of barrier contraception. It is filled with some spermicide and inserted over the cervix to prevent pregnancy. Modern cervical caps must be fitted by a clinician due to the wide variation in cervical size. They are not often prescribed nowadays. Cassanova is credited (? True) with inventing the cervical cap by using half of a lemon. Fitting and suction hold it in place.

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Could the cervical cap cause infections

Could the cervical cap cause infections

Should not: If properly used and cared for, should not cause infection. Sexual behavior on the other hand could put you at risk for infections.

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How does the cervical cap feel during intercourse for the male?

V soft: The cap is small and very flexible, so it should not cause discomfort if it is even felt at all.