Volume 13, Number 3  

December 22, 2016


Diaphragms popular US magazines recently highlighted the diaphragm as an effective, hormone-free contraceptive method. Self Magazine published a primer on the use of the diaphragm, acknowledging the impact of the 2005 introduction of Caya in the United States on renewed interest in the diaphragm in the US market. In a September article published by NY Magazine, one journalist details her experience obtaining a diaphragm in the United States, including the barriers she faced getting fitted and procuring her diaphragm online. 

Female Condoms

An feature provided a step-by-step instructional video for potential female condom users, while a September Alternet article focused on their benefits and ease of use. An analysis of the global condom market in Open PR revealed that the female condom continues to contribute to growth of the overall condom market. An article on detailed challenges with low uptake of the female condom on a local university campus that resulted in the return of 3,000 female condoms to the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC). A piece on female condom distribution centered the challenge of providing education to counteract myths and misconceptions that can act as barriers to female condom use.

Vaginal Rings

Devex featured an article on the dapavirine vaginal

ring, developed by the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM), which has recently been shown to provide at least a 56% reduction in risk of HIV transmission among women who used the ring consistently. The silicone ring delivers slow-release anti-retroviral medication over the course of four weeks and has completed Phase III testing with two additional open label extension studies underway. Exploring barriers to consistent use, the article examines similar hurdles faced in trials of other HIV prevention methods and highlights the promise of the vaginal ring as a female-controlled prevention method. More information about the dapavirine vaginal ring can be found on the IPM website.

The Female Health Company is launching a new Digital Education Series to train participants to educate and use the FC2 female condom effectively. An overview of the nine episode series can be found here. Clips from several excerpts are already available online!


Mission of CBAS 

Established in 2004, 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 news and resources related to these methods. 


CBAS contact information

For more information, contact Laura Fix, CBAS Executive Director, at  


CBAS is coordinated by Ibis Reproductive Health.


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