Two cervical caps, United Kingdom, 1940-1980

1940-1980 in United Kingdom

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Two cervical caps, rubber, British(?), 1940-1980. Straight view of whole object against graduated grey background.
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Two cervical caps, rubber, British(?), 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.


Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Object Number:
overall (smallest): 25 mm 50 mm, .024 kg
overall (largest): 23 mm 57 mm, .016 kg
cervical cap

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