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Cervical cap
Title Cervical cap
Description Hard rubber/plastic, dark brown (slightly translucent and looks like black/red), inscribed at top "Garanto 1)
Catalog number 2004.020.0120
Other Name Vimule Cap
Notes French Origin, manufactured by Lamberts Ltd

Comes in 3 sizes and flared rim that attaches itself to the vaginal walls surrounding the cervix, like the Dumas. Because it does not cling to the cervix itself (rather vaginal walls) it does not require a specific fit so women that cannot use the Prentif can use this.

Vimule Controversy:

The cap was known to give about 15% of patients small nicks or cuts in the vaginas. The cuts resembled the callus-like formations that occur in the mouths of people who have braces. The cuts were attributed to the rough edge of the cap. In 1983, the US FDA forbade the further use of the Vimule cap. People wanted a new design for the cap, however, the manufacturer said that people used the cap for 48 hours instead of the reccommended 24 hours. Therefore, it was not the fault of the cap and thus they would not spend the money to cast a new mold for the cap. It is still available in Europe, Austrailia, and elsewhere.
Lexicon category Contraception
Lexicon sub-category Contraception, barrier
Collection Skuy Collection-Caps
Search Terms contraception
Cervical cap
Accession number 2004.020