The FemCap is different than the diaphragm in many ways. The table below details some of the key differences between the FemCap and the diaphragm.
|The FemCap||The Diaphragm|
|Material||Made of one piece of silicone that heats and cools uniformly, allowing for autoclave sterilization.||Made of silicone and a steel wire in the rim, that heats differently.|
|The Diaphragm is a large cup-shaped device with metal wire in the rim. It does not adapt to physiological changes during intercourse.|
The metal rim causes pressure on the vaginal walls and the urethra.Spermicide placed in the bowl of the cup disrupts cervical cells, and can leak outside of the vagina.
|Safety||The FemCaps removal strap eliminates the potential for fingernail abrasion during removal.||Removal can potentially cause|
vaginal abrasions or puncture the rubber.
|Size Selection||No measurement is required.|
Small for women who never been pregnant,
Medium For women who have had abortion or Cesarean Section delivery
Large. For women have had vaginal delivery
|Clinician time necessary to determine one|
of several sizes, using crude, inaccurate measurements.
Size needs to be changed if the woman
gains or loses 10 pounds or more.
|Education Material||Multi-language instructional video available online and provided with each purchase.||Video is available, but rarely provided with the diaphragm.|
|UTI||Lower risk, of urinary tract infection UTI.||Higher risk UTI.|
|Duration of Use||Provides continuous protection for 48 hours.||Recommended for only 24-hour use.|