How do I use it?
The Cervical Cap, Diaphragm, and Sponge are methods that you use every time you have sex to prevent pregnancy. They work by blocking sperm from entering the uterus. They should be used with spermicide.
How effective is it?
The Diaphragm is 83% effective at preventing pregnancy. For those who have never given birth, the Cervical Cap is 87% effective and the Sponge is 86% effective. For those who have given birth, the Cervical Cap is 77% effective and the Sponge is 73% effective.
What I might like...
- You might like that these methods are hormone-free
- You can get the sponge at more convenience stores and pharmacies without a prescription
- Depending on the type you get, you can insert these methods between 2-24 hours ahead of sex
- These methods won't affect your milk supply if you are breastfeeding
What I might dislike...
- You have to use them every time you have sex
- You need some practice to use them right
- You might get an allergic reaction, bladder infection, or irritation
- The Cervical Cap and most Diaphragms must be fitted by a provider and require a prescription
- You won't be protected from STIs and may be at an increased risk of getting STIs such as HIV because of the spermicide