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Advantages and Disadvantages of Cervical Cap

Cervical caps are used by women to prevent pregnancy. It is a method of contraception especially made for women. The effectiveness of a cervical cap can be increased by using it along with other contraception methods such as condoms and spermicides. It acts as a barrier between male sperm and female ova by inhibiting the sperm to cross the female cervix.

Advantages of cervical cap

Cervical cap is a way of contraception especially designed for women. Therefore, the usage of cervical cap is totally under the control of the woman using it, and she does not have to take permission from her partner for it. A cervical cap if used once can protect the woman against pregnancy for 48 hours and for multiple acts of intercourse performed during this time. Cervical cap if placed properly does not cause any discomfort to either of the partners while having sex. It does not involve any hormone use; therefore it does not cause any major side effects. Cervical caps are safe and easy to use, are do not cause urinary tract infections and are relatively cheaper than other contraception methods.

Disadvantages of cervical cap

The biggest disadvantage of cervical cap is that it doesn’t provide any protection against sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV, syphilis and gonorrhoea. It is a bit difficult to insert the cap properly. It’s better to ask your physician to insert it for the first time. It should not be used for more than 48 hours as it can increase the risk of developing toxic shock syndrome and various vaginal and urinary tract infections. Cervical caps contain spermicides to kill sperms during intercourse.

Some women are quite sensitive to these spermicides. Use of these spermicides can cause rashes, pain, swelling and redness of vagina. As the cervical caps remain tightly fixed on cervix for longer durations, it can cause swelling of the cervix. Cervical cap is not suitable for women who have had a normal delivery. Use of cervical cap produces unpleasant vaginal odours.

The success rate of cervical cap can be increased if the instructions for use are followed strictly according. It has its own advantages and disadvantages. If used properly, cervical cap can prove to be the safest way of contraception.