Diaphragms or FemCaps?
Contraception With A Diaphragm
- Until recently the ORTHO ALL-FLEX was the go-to diaphragm brand for prescribing diaphragms. Now withdrawn from the market, MILEX is the new standard.
- Milex sizing = Ortho sizing. Watch the short video above to see the difference. It's a spring thing!
- 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85 & 90mm sizes available
- Latex free
- Must be used with contraceptive gel such as ContraGel
FemCap: Simplified Sizing For All Women
With the FemCap, accessibility to a doctor trained in diaphragm sizing is no longer necessary. Diaphragm sizing is decided by the ever changing size of the vaginal cavity which can fluctuate as a woman gains or looses weight or exercises to achieve firmer muscle mass in the buttocks, lower abdomen and inner thigh area.
Since the FemCap sits on top of the cervix, its size is determined by the size of the cervix itself.
After puberty, a woman's cervix size corresponds to a 22mm FemCap unless she becomes pregnant. Two weeks after conception, the cervix dilates irreversibly. This is important because even if a women miscarries early in the pregnancy and perhaps is not even aware she conceived, her cervix size has changed and a 26mm FemCap is now necessary. Vaginal delivery once again changes the cervix size; the correct size for someone who has had a vaginal delivery is 30mm.
This simple sizing system based on a woman's obstetric history means it is easy to self-size. This is key to providing effective barrier contraceptive solutions where access to a Doctor for correct diaphragm sizing is not an option. Choose your size, order online, and you can start enjoying natural birth control right away.
Top Five Reasons To Choose FemCap
1. More Pleasurable Sex
Synthetic hormones lower libido. Condoms interrupt the intimacy of skin-to-skin sex. This was not the way sex was meant to be! Enjoy more intimate, pleasurable sex with FemCap.
2. Be Spontaneous
FemCap is easy to use and can be inserted hours before intercourse. No fumbling with a condom and breaking the flow of the moment.
3. Simple Sizing
FemCap eliminates the problem of finding a doctor to fit your barrier contraceptive. The size you need is simply determined by your obstetrical history, so you can order your FemCap online today!
4. Environmentally Friendly
FemCap is reusable and made of a non-allergenic latex-free material, so your carbon footprint is kept to a minimum. Good for you. Good for the world.
5. Stay Balanced
Do you really want to replace your natural femininity with artificial hormones? The pill and other hormonal birth control lowers libido, causes mood swings and depression, and a host of other side effects. And of course, a number of long term health risks are liked to artificial hormones also. FemCap allows your fertility and menstrual cycle to fluctuate organically, without altering your internal balance. Bonus: enjoy reliable hormone-free contraception while breastfeeding!
FemCap VS Diaphragms
A cervical cap, as the name suggests, caps the cervix like a thimble capping the thumb. This produces a tight suctioned seal, preventing sperm from entering the uterus. Contraceptive gel placed in the dome of the cap increases the suction and adds a second level of protection.
In contrast, a diaphragm sits inside the vaginal cavity and is held in place by muscular support from the sides of the vaginal cavity. The traditional diaphragm design can slip out of place, and if just one side moves too far inwards or outwards, the protective seal may be broken.
Another befit of the FemCap is its small size. Diaphragms are around the size of the palm of your hand, and can be intimidating and unwieldy. A FemCap is about a third of the size of an average size diaphragm, so it is often easier to get a hang of insertion and removal.
The brim is designed to hold additional contraceptive gel in place and direct the flow of sperm directly towards the gel. This is the third level of protection, further increasing the effectiveness of the FemCap.
The last obviously noticeable addition to FemCap is the removal ring. You can simply gently press the dome of the FemCap to release any suction, and then slip your finger into the ring to gently remove the FemCap.
Diaphragms: Empowering Women
Diaphragms were invented in the mid 1800s and peeked in popularity around the 1930s. Then, with the rise of hormonal contraceptives and the pill, diaphragms fell into oblivion. Although they are one of the few female-controlled and extremely low-risk birth control options, many women view this form of birth control as old fashioned, or don't even know it exists.
The traditional diaphragm developed very little during its life, the circular device covers the cervix to prevent sperm from entering the uterus. Better and more comfortable springs and the transition to silicone over latex did improve on the basic functioning of the device.
The Janssen owned Ortho branded All-Flex diaphragm may have been totally removed from the market recently, and we understand that the Reflections diaphragm will soon be withdrawn as well.
Sizing across diaphragm brands is compatible. For example, an All-Flex user with a prescription for a 70mm diaphragm could use a 70mm Milex Omniflex diaphragm.
The Cooper Surgical owned Milex brand diaphragm is still in active production. Milex offers two diaphragm options, each with different spring mechanisms. The Arcing style spring folds in the middle across one axis, and the OmniFlex style is flexible and folds in all directions. The different spring mechanisms do not effect reliability, choosing between the two is a matter of personal preference. The OmniFlex style generally the more popular choice.
We currently distribute all sizes of the Milex OmniFlex and Milex Arcing diaphragms and the relevant fitting kits for clinical use as well as ContraGel Green natural contraceptive gel. Both are available for immediate shipping on a wholesale and retail basis.
Caya: A More Accessible Diaphragm
What makes the Caya diaphragm (originally called the SILCs diaphragm) truly revolutionary is its single sized construction and design. The contoured device is suitable for users of the 65, 70, 75 and 80mm traditional circular diaphragms. Although an initial fitting is recommended, repeat fitting and dramatic size fluctuations should not effect the Caya's efficiency.
The new contoured design increases the contraceptive reliability compared to the old circular designs, and a dimpled section at one end makes removal easier and more comfortable which was always a major complain with the traditional styles.
New materials and a smarter design process mean that a lighter and more flexible frame can be incorporated, covered with a softer yet stronger silicone based membrane.
We currently distribute the English and Spanish language version of the Caya as well as ContraGel Green natural contraceptive gel, available for immediate shipping on a wholesale and retail basis.
Learn About The 6 -8 Days Each Cycle When Diaphragms Are Needed To Prevent Pregnancy
The goal of barrier contraception is to prevent sperm from reaching and fertilizing an egg — but fertilization is biologically impossible unless a viable egg is present.
Natural Family Planning (NFP) and the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) identify ovulation, nullifying the need for contraceptives most of the month. Sperm can live inside the womb for up to 5 days, and ovulation releases an egg which is able to be fertilized for one day. That six day span is referred to as the fertility window, and is the only time there is actually a real need for a barrier device.
Cyclotest uses Sympto-Thermal fertility charting to identify that fertility window. Ovulation causes a spike in Basal body temperature (BBT), so by recording that data every morning, you can see when you have ovulated.
With 99% reliability, why not let Cyclotest make your family planning decisions for you?
Diaphragms & Cervical Caps Available For Immediate Shipping.
Release yourself from the endless side effects and long term health risks of hormonal birth control. Say goodbye to mood-killing condoms.
FemCap is a small and easily inserted cervical cap constructed from strong, medical- grade, hypoallergenic silicone. The dome of the cap together with contraceptive gel, lightly suctions to the cervix, making it impossible for sperm to enter.
- 100% natural, hormone-free contraception
- Choose from 3 easily determinable sizes - no fitting necessary!
- Unlike a condom, does not interrupt skin-to-skin intimacy
- FDA and Health Canada approved; EU / CE 0470 Certified
- Made in the USA
Milex silicone diaphragm with Omniflex spring mechanism. The Omniflex spring is highly flexible for easy insertion. Available in 60mm, 65mm, 70mm, 75mm, 80mm, 85mm & 90mm. Size must be determined by your doctor or a trained healthcare professional.
- Flexible rim can be folded in any direction for super comfortable insertion
- Distortion free spring allows increased suction for better protection
- Broad rim with lip keeps contraceptive gel in place
- Highly durable silicon, latex free
- Sizing compatible with Ortho All-Flex sizing
Milex silicone diaphragm with an arching hinge mechanism. These diaphragms can be compressed across two axises for insertion. Available in 60mm, 65mm, 70mm, 75mm, 80mm, 85mm, & 90mm. Correct size must be determined by your doctor or a trained health care professional.
- Arching style diaphragm is tension adjusted and folds in one place
- Wide-Seal provides increased suction for added protection
- Broad rim with lip keeps contraceptive gel in place
- Latex-free, hypoallergenic silicone
- Sizing compatible with Ortho All-Flex sizing
The classic barrier contraceptive just got a makeover! A new, more modern diaphragm with advanced design features to make insertion and removal easy and accurate. One size technology reduces the need for refitting.
Caya in the USA should be ordered from here
- Single-size design fits wide range of women
- Advanced design for ease for use and ultimate comfort
- Safe, reliable, and hormone-free
- Suitable for 65mm, 70mm, 75mm or 80mm diaphragms users
- FDA and Health Canada approved, EU / CE 0470 Certified
Price (Inc. VAT): £14.99
Don't let chemical laden nonoxynol-9 spermicide hinder your goal of all natural contraception. All diaphragms and cervical caps must be used with a contraceptive gel— choose ContraGel instead of N-9 based spermicide to avoid abrasive chemicals and skin irritation.
ContraGel is available without a prescription. Large 60ml tube provides more applications than leading typical spermicide brands.
- For use with cervical caps, diaphragms, FemCap and Caya
- Nonoxynol-9 free; body friendly
- Minimizes risk of irritation and infection often associated with barrier contraceptive use
- Vegan, dairy free, gluten free, not tested on animals
- Class IIa Medical Device, CE Approved, Made in Europe