September 2014: Mark your calendars for Global Female Condom Day!

May 2014: Caya (SILCS) diaphragm approved for OTC sale in Canada

February 2014: Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has delisted its Ortho All-Flex diaphragm as of December 2013.

June 2013: Caya (SILCS) diaphragm receives regulatory approval in Europe. For more information on SILCS and this exciting development, visit the PATH website.

May 2013: Woman's Condom receives South African Bureau of Standards certification mark. Read 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?

Cervical BarriersMost 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.


Updated CBAS Diaphragm and Cervical Cap and Female Condom Bibliographies

We are excited to share these updated resources with the CBAS community. Our bibliographies of the literature on diaphragms and cervical caps and on the female condom include the latest peer-reviewed, published articles (updated through May 31, 2014). Both bibliographies can be downloaded by following the links below.

Diaphram and cervical cap bibliography
Female condom bibliography  


MIRA Diaphragm Trial Results
The Methods for Improving Reproductive Health in Africa (MIRA) trial found no significant difference in the rate of new HIV infections between women who received the diaphragm plus lubricant along with male condoms and those who only received male condoms. Therefore, the results do not support the addition of the diaphragm to current HIV prevention strategies. To date, condoms remain the only proven barrier method for HIV prevention. This means there is still an urgent need for continued investment and research into current and new HIV prevention methods that give women and girls the power to protect their health. Read more...

Click here for the MIRA Key Findings and Publications brief updated in June 2011.

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Why is research on cervical barriers important?


Sister Kamba works on diaphragm research in Zimbabwe

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.


Ibis Reproductive Health

CBAS is coordinated by Ibis Reproductive Health