FemCap: Environmentally Safe and Hormone-Free Birth Control
Apr 26, 2011 03:34PM
● By Lee Walker
Since 1960, when a combined oral contraceptive pill was first introduced in the United States, an estimated 12 million American women and 100 million women worldwide have come to rely upon “the pill” to inhibit ovulation and prevent pregnancy.
Frequently cited in studies throughout the years for its potentially dangerous effects on women’s health and for polluting the waters of our planet, the pill, which is the number one preferred birth control method, now has a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved competitor, FemCap. The new, hormone-free birth control method, held in place by the walls of the vagina, does not interfere with the body’s hormones, has no side effects, is easy to use and does not decrease sexual desire or pleasure for either partner.
Unlike hormonal contraceptives, FemCap does not contaminate the environment, and unlike the condom, it offers women full control of an effective, safe and more spontaneous form of birth control. This barrier method of contraception will not put women at risk for the types of long-term sexual, metabolic and mental health problems that doctors Claudia Panzer, an endocrinologist in Denver, Colorado, and Andre Guay, director of the Center for Function/Endocrinology, in Peabody, Massachusetts, associated with taking the oral contraceptive pill in their recent study, published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Proven in clinical trials to be more than 92 percent effective in the prevention of pregnancy, FemCap’s specifically designed shape incorporates a long brim that covers the cervix and prevents sperm from entering. It differs from asilicone and metal diaphragm by providing up to 48 hours of continuous protection, rather than 24. It also conforms to a woman’s anatomy, adjusts during intercourse and does not require the precise measurements of custom fitting.
An eco-bonus: The latex-free FemCap, made of durable, surgical-grade silicon, can be reused for up to a year, helping to reduce packaging that clogs our landfills.