There is such a variety of birth control options out there that it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to know where to even start. That’s why Nurx™ is developing a series called “Birth Control FAQs,” to empower consumers by answering their most frequently asked questions for each type of birth control.
While Nurx™ doesn’t offer FemCap or cervical caps, we do offer many different kinds of the birth control pill. We have something for just about everyone. We would be happy to chat with you about which pill fits you and your lifestyle, and your first pack is only $5.
At Nurx™, we provide women with access to affordable birth control. While we currently offer most oral contraceptives, patches, and vaginal rings, we also educate women about their options so they can find the birth control method that’s best for them. For some, the best choice may be FemCap.
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- What Is FemCap?
FemCap is a non-hormonal barrier birth control method and the only brand of cervical cap currently approved by the FDA for sale in the United States. It's inserted into the vagina before sexual activity to prevent unwanted pregnancies, and a prescription is needed to ensure a proper fit. Nurx can provide free access to board-certified doctors for consultation and prescription, and can then fill this prescription for delivery to your door.
- How Does FemCap Work?
Made of durable medical-grade silicone and shaped like a sailor's hat, FemCap is designed to cover the entrance to the cervix during sex to prevent sperm from reaching and fertilizing an egg. For best results, it should be used with spermicide and left in place for several hours afterwards.
- How Effective Is FemCap?
For women who have never given vaginal birth, FemCap is about 86% effective with typical use and when combined with spermicide. If you have had a vaginal birth, the effectiveness rate is closer to 71%.
- Are There Any Risks?
FemCap does not provide protection against STIs, and the risk of an unplanned pregnancy increases if you have already given birth vaginally. Some women may experience vaginal irritation, while others can be more prone to developing a urinary tract or vaginal infection during use. If you have an allergy to spermicide or silicone, you could encounter an allergic reaction.Although rare, toxic shock syndrome can happen with the use of a cervical cap. This can occur when it's left in for too long or is not cleaned properly before being inserted. More likely, prolonged usage can result in odors that are easily remedied by removal and cleaning.