An early version of the FemCap was found to have an effectiveness rate of 86% for women who had never had a vaginal birth and 71% for women who had a vaginal birth. The manufacturers of FemCap made changes to the design of the cap to address the issues women were having with fit, placement, and removal. The new version of the cap is the version approved by the FDA. In a smaller follow up study, the effectiveness rate was 92%. The manufacturers of the FemCap claim that if their 7 requirements for perfect use are met, the effectiveness increases to 96-98%.To learn more about the effectiveness rate and use of the FemCap, see our FemCap information sheet.
Tips for use:
Practice insertion and check to make sure the cap is covering the cervix.
Check cap placement after intercourse the first few times to make sure it hasn't slipped off the cervix during intercourse. If this happens, you may need a different size cap.
- If your partner feels the cap during intercourse, you may want to try a different position.
It is important to remember that the cap must be left in place at least six hours from the last intercourse to allow sufficient time for all of the sperm to die before the cap is removed. Wash the cap with anti-bacterial soap, dry it, and return it to its container.
Advantages of the FemCap:
Controlled by the woman
Allows more spontaneity than diaphragms or condoms (e.g., can insert 40 hours before sex)
Does not alter menstrual cycle
Disadvantages of the FemCap:
- Possible allergies/sensitivity to silicone or spermicide
If you are interested in finding out more information about the FemCap, or you would like to make an appointment at one of our clinics, please contact our phone counselors. Visit our Contact Us page for phone numbers and clinic locations.