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Two cervical caps, United Kingdom, 1940-1980

A cervical cap is a barrier contraceptive. It sits over the cervix and acts as a barrier to sperm entering the uterus. It is inserted by a woman before sex. It must be left in place up to six hours afterwards. Cervical caps come in different sizes. Each woman is assessed by a physician to establish the correct size for her. These two cervical caps are made of rubber. They are thought to be of British origin. Cervical caps are now made of flexible silicone.

Object number:

1987-158

 

Glossary:

Glossary: contraception

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

Glossary: cervical cap

A barrier form of contraception. It consists of a thimble-shaped device which fits tightly over the entrance of the cervix. It blocks sperm from entering the uterus and thereby prevents fertilisation. Popular since the mid-1800s, their use has dropped dramatically in recent years.