Cervical barriers are widely used in England and in some countries, including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Canada, Lea’s Shield has been available over the counter since 1993 (Long,
(a) The FemCap is a silicone cup shaped like a sailor’s hat that fits securely over the cervix. (b) Lea’s Shield is a silicone cup with a one-way valve and a loop for easier removal.
2003) . However, in less-developed countries they are used infrequently, probably due to insertion problems and the necessity of checking cervical placement.