Cervical cap
A soft rubber cup with a round rim designed to fit snugly around the cervix and act as a barrier contraceptive device. A spermicide is applied to the cap before insertion to kill sperm. A cervical cap is basically a small snug diaphragm and, like a diaphragm, a cervical cap must be sized by a health professional and is available by prescription only. A cervical cap protects against conception for 48 hours and for multiple acts of intercourse within that time. Wearing a cervical cap for more than 48 hours is not recommended because of the risk of toxic shock syndrome (TSS), a rare but potentially fatal condition. Symptoms of TSS include sudden fever, an stomach upset, a sunburn-like rash, and a drop in blood pressure. The prolonged use of a cervical cap for two or more days may also cause an unpleasant vaginal odor or discharge in some women.

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cervical cap n a usu. rubber or plastic contraceptive device in the form of a thimble-shaped molded cap that fits snugly over the uterine cervix and blocks sperm from entering the uterus called also Dutch cap

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a contraceptive device similar to the diaphragm but smaller, consisting of a cup that fits directly over the cervix.

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  • cervical cap — noun Date: 1923 a usually rubber or plastic contraceptive device in the form of a thimble shaped molded cap that fits snugly over the uterine cervix and blocks sperm from entering the uterus …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cervical cap — cer′vical cap′ n. pha med a contraceptive device made of rubberlike plastic and fitted over the cervix, where it may be kept for long periods without removal • Etymology: 1920–25 …   From formal English to slang

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