Lea’s Shield is a prescription based barrier method of birth control. It is designed to fit any size of vagina or cervix, unlike the diaphragm or cervical cap. It includes an air valve and a loop for easy removal.
Lea’s Shield is made of medical-grade silicone. It blocks the cervix and so prevents the sperm from fertilizing the egg. See our effectiveness chart to compare the rates of pregnancy prevention.
Lea’s Shield can be inserted and worn for up to 48 hours. You can wash and reuse Lea’s Shield.
To insert Lea’s shield, begin by putting spermicide on the shield. Then simply squeeze the device into a long shape and insert it deeply into the vagina. It will slip into place. The air valve takes the air out from the cervix to ensure that it is sealed. You can press on the valve a few times or take a few steps to make sure that it is in place. Always follow the directions on the package.
It is recommended that you use spermicide with Lea’s shield.
If you are having sex more than once, check that Lea’s Shield is in place before beginning again. Consider adding more spermicide.
You must wait eight hours after sex to remove Lea’s shield. Then, with clean hands, reach up and grasp the loop or the rim of the shield and gently slide it down.
Lea’s shield is good to use for women who cannot take hormones, or women who cannot remember to take their pills. It can be inserted before sex, so it does not affect the spontaneity. Lea’s shield cannot be used for six weeks after childbirth. It should not be used by women allergic to silicone or spermicide (Learn how to get rid of allergies). See who can use diaphragms, caps, and shields and our comparison chart of prescription barrier methods for more information.
Lea’s Shield does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases or infections.
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