20/08/2019

Cap or diaphragm

5/5

About the reviewer

Age
Over 45
Time used
8+ years
Had children
Yes
Height
5'4"/162.5cm
Weight
55kg - 60kg / 8st 9lb - 9st 6lb
Currently using
No I've stopped using it

Experience

An oldie here! I was first fitted with a Cap (can’t recall the brand) when I was 27. I had been married for just over six months but, more importantly, had been on the Pill for more than 10 years and was keen to use a contraceptive method that was ultra-reliable and guaranteed to have no side-effects, either short or long term. The Brook Advisory Clinic in Tottenham Court Road fitted my first Cap, I’d been going there since I was a schoolgirl and stayed with them because it was clear they were far more expert in contraceptive medicine than my GP – and I suspect that is still the case. Before deciding to use a Cap all available methods were talked through with me by a nurse, specially trained by Brook and, frankly, with better knowledge that our family GP (who I knew well as a family friend) or any other doctor I knew. Before coming off the Pill I was taught with a practice Cap how to coat it with spermicide gel and how to insert correctly. I was sent out to walk around the area for 20 minutes, ostensibly to see if I had inserted it correctly but in reality I suspect this was more of a confidence building exercise to reassure me that it wasn’t rocket science and that the Cap would remain in place until it was removed*. I was encouraged to start using my Cap while I was tailing off the last month of Pills so that when the time came I would be confident in using it “for real”. Once I was dependent on a Cap I found it to be a quick and easy method. No need to insert hours before you think you may need it: carry in your handbag and simply insert when you go to the loo (if out for a date) or last thing at night before you go to bed. One huge plus is that if your period starts while you’re out-and-about and you have your Cap in there are no embarrassing leaks and no stained underwear – the Cap catches it all! I used a Cap for 10 years, only stopping when I decided the time was right to have children. I had no side effects of any kind and no failures. As a child of 1960s and have grown up with the expectation of always having aan active and lively (and varied!) sex-life. The Cap proved more than equal to the task. So long as you use it correctly, this is the one sure-fire female-led method with no side effects and plenty of pluses. One very important point: DON’T expect your family GP, or the practice nurse, to be very enthusiastic about fitting you with a Cap. It is still the case that contraceptive medicine is barely touched on in standard UK medical training for doctors, and I’m told it doesn’t happen for nurses either. In any case, I’d strongly advise any woman seeking proper, accurate and informed contraceptive advice to go, at least for the first year, to a specialist clinic such as those run by Marie Stopes or the Brook. * I’m concerned by at the comment by another reviewer that her Cap can slide around in her vagina: if this is the case either it doesn’t fit properly or she isn’t using it correctly; whichever, if it isn’t securely in place over her cervix then it cannot work properly.

Impact whilst taking

Mood
Neutral - no change
Weight
No change
Periods
No change
Sex drive
No change

Side effects whilst taking

No effects

No effects

No effects

Impact after using

Mood
Neutral - no change
Weight
No change
Periods
1 month
Sex drive
No change

No effects

No effects

No effects

Experience after taking

I stopped using my Cap to start a family and got pregnant straight away – twins!

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