Same as for diaphragms (see Side Effects, Health Benefits, and Health Risks in Chapter 16 – Spermicides and Diaphragms).


Medical Eligibility Criteria for
Cervical Caps

Ask the client the Medical Eligibility Criteria questions for Diaphragms. Also ask the question below about known medical conditions. Examinations and tests are not necessary. If she answers “no” to all of the questions here and for the diaphragm, then she can start the cervical cap if she wants. If she answers “yes” to a question, follow the instructions. In some cases she can still start the cervical cap.


1.    Have you been treated or are you going to be treated for cervical precancer (cervical intraepithelial neoplasia [CIN]) or cervical cancer?

Check Here for No NO   Check Here for YesYES Do not provide the cervical cap.


For complete classifications, see Appendix D – Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use.

Be sure to explain the health benefits and risks and the side effects of the method that the client will use. Also, point out any conditions that would make the method inadvisable, when relevant to the client.