Like the diaphragm, the cervical cap is a reusable contraceptive inserted into the vagina to block sperm. It must be used with spermicide in order to be effective. After use, it must remain in the vagina for at least 6 hours to avoid accidental pregnancy.
Cervical caps can be reused up to a year after their first use when taken care of. They are available in most drug stores or in health centers with a doctor’s prescription.
This barrier method contraceptive is made out of sponge-like foam material that has spermicide. Like the diaphragm and the cervical cap, it is inserted into the vagina prior to intercourse. Although it is limited in terms of availability, you may have a chance to obtain them online in trusted stores.
The Importance of Spermicide in the Barrier Method
Spermicide is the chemical that helps stop sperm by decreasing its movement or motility. It does not kill the sperm. It is often used in tandem with barrier methods like the diaphragm, cervical cap, and the sponge.
There are a variety of spermicide options available, including: