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'Durex' diaphragm, England, 1955-1970

Durex made this cervical cap. It is a barrier contraceptive. It sits over the cervix and acts as a barrier to sperm entering the uterus. The cap comes with a storage case and instructions. It was approved for use by the Family Planning Association. Cervical caps come in different sizes. Each woman wishing to use one is assessed by a physician to establish the correct size for her.

Object number:

A626842

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Glossary: contraception

The use of methods and techniques to prevent pregnancy from sex.

Glossary: diaphragm

A barrier form of contraception. It consists of a dome-shaped latex or silicone disc with a flexible rim that covers the cervix. In combination with a spermicide it blocks sperm from entering the uterus and thereby prevents fertilisation. Popular since the late 1800s, their use has considerably reduced in recent years.