Other Contraception

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Barrier Methods of Birth Control

FEMCAPS:

What is a FemCap? It is a soft silicone cup to use each time you have sex. Spermicide jelly is placed inside and the cap is placed in the vagina to hold the spermicide next to the cervix.

How does it work? The cap is a physical barrier to the sperm and the spermicide stops the sperm chemically.

How effective is it? Similar to condoms, about 2% of patients will become pregnant in one year of correct use. Since they need to be used each time you have sex, about 25% of people who choose this as their method get pregnant (because they don’t use it every time).

How do I get a FemCap?
You will need to be fitted for a FemCap and taught how to put it in your vagina correctly.

What does it cost? Your medical plan pays for the fitting by the doctor and the FemCap costs $90 if you buy it at Willow Clinic. If you do not have a BC Care Card the cost of the fitting is $125.00.

Advantages: no hormones, no latex, controlled by the patient.

Disadvantages: must be used every time you have sex, not as effective as birth control pills or IUDs.

For an appointment to get a FemCap fitted, call 604-709-5611
and for more information, see: https://femcap.com/

DIAPHRAGMS:

What is a diaphragm? It is a soft silicone cup to use each time you have sex. Spermicide jelly is placed inside and the cup is placed in the vagina to hold the spermicide next to the cervix.

How does it work? The cup is a physical barrier to the sperm and the spermicide stops the sperm chemically.

How effective is it? Similar to condoms, about 2% of patients will become pregnant in one year of correct use. Since they need to be used each time you have sex, about 25% of people who choose this as their method get pregnant (because they don’t use it every time).

How do I get a diaphragm? You will need to be fitted for a diaphragm and taught how to put it in your vagina correctly.

What does it cost? Your BC Care Card pays for the fitting by the doctor and the diaphragm costs $50-$75. If you do not have a BC Care Card the cost for the fitting will be 125.00

Advantages: no hormones, no latex, controlled by the patient.

Disadvantages: must be used every time you have sex, not as effective as birth control pills or IUDs.

For more information, see:

Wikipedia: Diaphragms
Caya Diaphragms – Website

Caya (top) and Millex Diaphragms (bottom)

Contraceptive Implants

Contraceptive Implants, such as Implanon and Nexplanon, are available in many countries, but are not available in Canada.

A rod containing progesterone is inserted under the skin and releases the hormone slowly over three years. It prevents pregnancy by preventing ovulation (release of the egg), just like birth control pills, patches, rings and shots.

At Willow, we can remove implants that were inserted somewhere else.