A woman inserts the FemCap like a tampon and places it over her cervix prior to sexual activity. The FemCap can be inserted up to 40 hours prior to sexual activity and left in place for up to six hours after. Detailed usage instructions are included with every purchase.
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In clinical trials, the effective rate of the second generation FemCap (the only FemCap approved by the FDA) has been proven to be over 92% successful in preventing pregnancy. It is estimated that the FemCap’s success rate may be up to 98% with proper use (e.g. not forgotten, correct placement, not removed too soon) and with emergency contraception (available over-the-counter without prescription) as a backup.
For more information on the effectiveness of the FemCap, please visit the following resources:
No. The FemCap comes in three sizes. Your clinician will determine which size you need based on your obstetrical history. Women who have NEVER been pregnant will use the 22mm FemCap; women who miscarried, had termination (even after two weeks of pregnancy), or had caesarian section will use the 26mm FemCap; women who have had a vaginal delivery will use the 30mm FemCap. If there is a question or doubt of whether you have ever been pregnant, it is best to use the 26mm FemCap.
The FemCap should be washed thoroughly with antibacterial hand soap and rinsed with tap water, then dried and stored in its container after each use.
Yes, if your health insurance covers the FemCap.
The FemCap is an FDA approved device. FemCap, Inc. will provide a proof of payment to submit to your insurance provider.
FemCap has been added to the California state Family PACT formulary.
Cervical cap (FemCap ) ICD9 Data codes HCPCS 2011 Code A A4261
Use the following NDC Codes for reimbursement:
|FemCap 22mm………………………………………………||NDC 08454-0001- 22|
|FemCap 26mm………………………………………………||NDC 08454-0002- 26|
|FemCap 30mm………………………………………………||NDC 08454-0003- 30|
For Clinicians use the following CPT codes for services:
|Initial Office Visit, Annual Examination||99243|
|Follow Up Visit||99214|
|Cervical Cap Fitting||57170|
|Contraceptive Supply Cervical Cap Device (unspecified)||99070|
Diagnostic ICD-9 Codes:
|Contraceptive Counseling (Family Planning)||V25.09|
|Fitting Diaphragm/Cervical Cap||V25.02|
The FemCap is made of soft, latex-free, silicone rubber. Click the “Squeeze Me” button below to see for yourself how soft the FemCap is.
No, the FemCap can not be used during menstruation, as it would impede the natural flow of menstrual fluid.
Yes, the FemCap is easy to use. The average woman can learn how to insert and remove the FemCap in a few minutes and master its use in a few days. With practice, insertion can be as easy as putting in a tampon. For easy removal, the FemCap has been designed with a convenient removal strap.To make the removal process even easier, you may choose to tie a cotton ribbon loop to the removal strap, as show in image below.
No, not at this time. Currently, the FDA-approved FemCap is only available for purchase by customers in the United States with a valid prescription provided by a nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, physician’s assistant, or doctor. To learn more about getting the FemCap, please click here.
No, the FemCap does not interrupt spontaneity or reduce sexual pleasure for either partner because it is inserted before any sexual arousal – up to 40 hours prior to sexual activity. Due to the FemCap’s unique design and soft composition, the woman cannot feel it at all, and the male partner rarely even notices that it is there.
The retail price for a single FemCap kit is $89.00. For added preparation and convenience, a 2-pack FemCap kit is available for $130 (save over 25%!). The 2-pack allows you to keep one FemCap at home, and one in your purse. A kit contains the FemCap(s), carrying case and an instructional DVD.
Prices listed above do not include shipping and handling.
It is recommended that the FemCap be replaced every year – sooner if it shows any signs of deterioration. Given the retail price of $78, this amounts to about $6.50 per month for effective, non-hormonal birth control!
Spermicides currently available over the counter have been sold for more than thirty years with an excellent safety and effectiveness record. It is true that spermicide can cause irritation when used very frequently and in very high doses. To minimize the irritation caused by spermicide, the FemCap is designed with a unique groove facing the vagina. This groove stores the bulk of the spermicide and minimizes irritation or leakage. The storage of the bulk of spermicide in this groove ensures immediate and prolonged exposure of sperm to the spermicide as soon as it is deposited into the vagina.
Women who have tried the FemCap fall in love with it! You can visit our testimonials page to see what some of them have to say.
No. The FemCap is specifically designed with a longer brim that prevents it from being dislodged during intercourse. In order to accommodate different sexual positions, the FemCap is DESIGNED to ROTATE, but so long as it covers the cervix,it will prevent sperm from entering the cervix. Proper insertion of the FemCap ensures that the cervix remains covered throughout the sexual act.
The FemCap is different than the diaphragm in many ways.
- The FemCap is made of a single piece of 100% surgical grade silicon, the diaphragm is made of silicone and metal
- The FemCap is specifically designed to conform to a woman’s anatomy and adjust to changes during intercourse, the diaphragm does not
- The FemCap is designed with an easy-to-use removal strap, removing the diaphragm can result in abrasions
- The FemCap provides up to 48 hours of continuous protection, the diaphragm must be removed after 24 hours
These are just a few of the ways the FemCap is different than the diaphragm. For more information on the differences between the FemCap and the diaphragm, please click here.
The FemCap causes absolutely no harm to the user. It is soft, non-invasive, and makes no changes in the physiology of the user. The FemCap is a lot safer and more natural than hormones.
Hormonal contraceptives are more effective in preventing pregnancy than the FemCap, however the use of emergency contraception (the morning after pill) as a back up to the FemCap can effectively compensate for this relative decrease in effectiveness.
To learn more visit these sites:
- Are Your Birth Control Pills Hurting Your Sex Drive?
- Contraception Information: Birth Control and Your Libido
- When the Pill Arouses That Urge for Abstinence – New York Times
- Birth Control Pill – Oral Contraceptive
- YAZ Yasmin Ocella Gianvi Zarah Beyaz: Birth Control Pills: Side…
- NuvaRing®: Possible side effects and symptoms
- 7 Common Birth Control Side Effects – Birth Control and You
- Harmful Side Effects of Birth Control Pills
- Birth Control Pill Risks: Side Effects from Hormonal BCP
- Depo Provera Risks
- Birth Control Pills and Migraine Headache
The FemCap is woman-controlled and can be applied from 15 minutes up to 40 hours before intercourse. The FemCap does not interrupt spontaneity or reduce sexual pleasure to either partner. In fact neither partner can feel the FemCap during intercourse.
To learn more visit:
- Does it fit okay? Problems with condom use as a function of self …
- The Condom-Fitting Predicament | Penis Resources Blog
The FemCap is a very cost effective form of birth control. The FemCap costs less than $8.00/per month for unlimited use. Compare that with the price of condoms or birth control pills, and you’ll see that this is quite a savings. This level of affordability, combined with the added convenience, effectiveness and safety, make the FemCap a great choice for your birth control needs.