How you prepare

By Mayo Clinic Staff

The cervical cap comes in different sizes. Your health care provider will fit you for the cervical cap and demonstrate how to insert and remove the cap. He or she may confirm that the cervical cap is in the correct position by doing a pelvic exam.

You may need to have your cervical cap refitted after childbirth or if your weight fluctuates by 10 pounds or more (4.5 kilograms). Always use the cervical cap with spermicide.

Make sure you regularly check your cervical cap for wear, holes or discoloration and replace your cervical cap each year. Replace the cap at least once a year, even if it looks fine. Don't wear the cervical cap during any kind of vaginal bleeding, including your period, because this increases the risk of toxic shock syndrome.

Before you use the cervical cap for the first time, practice inserting the cap and check its placement. Use a backup method of contraception, such as a male condom, when you first use the cervical cap.

Jan. 06, 2015