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Cervical cap lot #97b
Description Hard rubber/plastic, dark brown (translucent looks like black/red), inscribed at top "Garanto 2"
Catalog number 2004.020.0121
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 Prentif can use this.

Vimule Controversy:

The cap was known to give about 15% of patients small nicks or cuts in their 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 the manufacturer to redesign the cap. However, the company said that the people who suffered from cuts used the cap for 48 hours instead of the reccommended 24 hours. Thus, they would not spend the money to cast a new mold. It is still available in Europe, Austrailia, and elsewhere.
Lexicon category Contraception
Lexicon sub-category Contraception, barrier
Collection Skuy Collection
Search Terms contraception
Cervical cap
Accession number 2004.020