The United States Food and Drug Administration reclassified the female condom and changed the name to the internal condom. Read the September 2018 rule here.
Caya (SILCS) diaphragm is available in the United States by prescription. Learn more here.
The Cervical Barrier Advancement Society (CBAS) aims to raise the profile of cervical barrier methods, including diaphragms, caps, female condoms, and other devices, and to share the latest information and resources related to these methods.
What are cervical barriers?
Most people think of cervical barriers primarily as the diaphragm and cervical cap, but the category also encompasses female and male condoms, the sponge, and microbicides, among others. Cervical barriers are physical or chemical substances that prevent pregnancy and in some cases reduce the spread of STIs, including HIV. They do not include hormonal contraceptive methods. For more information about the range of cervical barrier methods, see Cervical Barrier Methods.
CBAS Diaphragm and Cervical Cap and Female Condom Bibliographies
MIRA Diaphragm Trial Results
Why is research on cervical barriers important?
The HIV pandemic disproportionately affects women and girls. Cervical barriers are under investigation as a female-controlled method of birth control that may reduce sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV. Click here for information about the research being undertaken in this area.
Sister Kamba works on diaphragm research in Zimbabwe