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bananasmoothie
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Hi,

I am not planning to have sex yet, but i at the moment, i am just preparing myself for when i will be having sex.

I would always use condoms, but i know that it is sensible to have another way, like a back up, just to make extra specially sure there is no risk of pregnancy.

Anyway, i don't really like the idea of messing with my hormones with things like the patch and the pill. But, i know you can get a cervical cap. Can this be used aswell as a condom as a back up method, or is it only for use on its own?

Also, where can you buy them, because i have not seen them anyway- and how do you insert them?

Sorry about all the questions- and thanks


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alaska
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Hi bananasmoothie,

good on you for planning ahead.

Cervical Caps and Diaphragms have a typical failure rate of about 20% (of 100 couples using the method for a year, 20 pregnancies might occur), but they are a good method to use with condoms. Both cervical caps and diaphragms need to be fitted at your gynos, because they come in different sizes, and because your health care worker will check you inserted correctly. Both need to be used with spermicidal jelly, which can cause irritation in many women.

To lower your pregnancy risk even further when using condoms and the cap / a diaphragm, it might also be a good idea to watch your fertility through taking your basal body temperature every day and observing the changes inyour cervical mucous. - You might then completely abstain from all sexual activity on your most fertile days.

For more on Cervical Caps and Diaphragms, check out Planned Parenthood: Cervical Caps & Diaphragms, which has insertion info, too.

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