Contraception

Women should be empowered to make informed decisions about their birth control methods, and not be forced to pop a pill every day for the rest of her fertile life because of simply not knowing there are other options. A barrier form of contraception is a great form of natural, green, and hormone free contraception, and because of various advancements, are becoming more and more popular once again.

The popularity of non hormonal birth control is increasing every day as women take control over their bodies and learn about their contraceptive options. Countless products, such as chemical free spermicides, more effective barriers, are available to help the health conscious consumer succeed with the birth control of her choice. Of course, we recommended you always discuss your findings with your doctor or a family planning consultant.

Aside from condoms, which are of course a once and done product, diaphragms and cervical caps are two effective and easy to use forms of barrier contraception. These forms of barrier contraception is a non-commitment form of birth control, meaning you can decide to use it for however long you choose, and stop using it with no side effects on your reproductive synchronization. They can be used over and over, meaning less junk into landfills, and are chemical free. Studies are only just starting to come to light about the affect of hormonal contamination and the high levels of estrogen in our world today, and the finding are not pretty. By choosing a barrier contraceptive, both your body, and the environment, will thank you.

 

 

Male Condoms: Champions In The Fight Against HIV

Condoms For STD Protection and Barrier ContraceptionThe male condom is one of the most popular barrier devices on the market. Besides it's obvious contraceptive value, it can also be used to reduce the risk of spreading or contracting sexual transmitted disease such as HIV, chlamydia, and syphilis. Condoms are placed over a man’s erect penis and act as a physical barrier, preventing ejaculated semen from entering the body of the sexual partner.

The discovery of HIV and AIDS in the 1980s dramatically increased the demand for condoms. Condoms protect against STD transmission in hetrosexual couples and in higher risk homosexual couples. Condoms are undoubtedly the most iconic symbol of the ongoing and historic fight against AIDS.

Intense educational campaigns about the benefits of condom removed the social stigma associated with condom possession. In mainstream Western cultures an unmarried woman who has condoms in her purse is viewed as being prudent rather than promiscuous; an unmarried man with condoms in his wallet is being responsible.

When used properly the pregnancy rate is only 2% per year. The ease of use, lack of side effects, and accessible pricing makes them a popular option, especially outside of long-term relationships where the risk of STD transmission is higher.

Some condoms are pre-lubricated with a small amount of Nonoxynol-9 spermicide.  Consumer Reports have concluded that these spermicide-lubricated condoms don’t actually aid in preventing pregnancy.  They do have a shorter lifespan than regular condoms, and are believed to cause urinary-tract infections in women.  However, applying separately packaged spermicide or contraceptive gel to condoms can increase it's efficiency.

 

 

Vegan Condoms: A More Ethical Choice

Gylde Premium Vegan CondomsCondoms come in all shapes and sizes these days, demands of the consumer drive this along with the condom manufacturers wanting to be able something a bit different in a crowded market place. They are made entirely from ingredients which contain no animal by-products and the whole end-to-end production cycle has been audited to confirm that there is no animal mistreatment and the environment is respected. As such Glyde condoms carry the Vegan Society logo.

Since Glyde condoms are vegan they really don't need too many gimmicks to be at the forefront of consumer awareness the choice and combination of sizes and flavours is a bit more conservative and practical than other brands. So no strawberry cheesecake flavoured or glow in the dark condoms here!

Max - A larger than 'normal' size.

Slim Fit - A slimer, more snug fitting condom.

Vanilla - Regular size with a pleasant vanilla flavouring.

If you have a specific request for a particular size/flavour combination please just get in touch.

 

 

Diaphragms: Empowering Women

Latex and Silicone Diaphragms for Barrier Contraception

Diaphragms were invented in the mid 1800s and peeked in popularity around the 1930s. Then, with the rise of hormonal contraceptives and the pill, diaphragms fell into oblivion. Although they are one of the few female-controlled and extremely low-risk birth control options, many women view this form of birth control as old fashioned, or don't even know it exists.

The traditional diaphragm developed very little during its life, the circular device covers the cervix to prevent sperm from entering the uterus. Better and more comfortable springs and the transition to silicone over latex did improve on the basic functioning of the device.

The Janssen owned Ortho branded All Flex diaphragm may have been totally removed from the market recently, and we understand that the Reflections diaphragm will soon be withdrawn as well.

The Cooper Surgical owned Milex brand diaphragm is still in active production. Milex offers two diaphragm options, each with different spring mechanisms. The 'Arcing' style spring folds in the middle across one axis, and the' Omniflex' style is flexible and folds in all directions. The different spring mechanisms do not effect reliability, choosing between the two is a matter of personal preference. The Omniflex style generally the more popular choice.

Sizing across diaphragm brands is compatible. For example, an All-Flex user with a prescription for a 70mm diaphragm could use a 70mm Milex Omniflex diaphragm.

RDO Medical currently distributes all sizes of the Milex Omniflex and Milex Arcing diaphragms and the relevant fitting kits for clinical use as well as ContraGel Green natural contraceptive gel. Both are available for immediate shipping on a wholesale and retail basis.

 

 

Caya: A More Accessible Diaphragm

Caya New Generation Of Diaphragm for Barrier Contraception

What makes the Caya diaphragm (named the SILCs diaphragm during its development and early testing) truly revolutionary is its single sized construction and design. The contoured device is suitable for users of the 65, 70, 75 and 80mm traditional circular diaphragms. Although an initial fitting is recommended, repeat fitting and dramatic size fluctuations should not effect the Caya's efficiency.

The new contoured design increases the contraceptive reliability compared to the old circular designs, and a dimpled section at one end makes removal easier and more comfortable which was always a major complain with the traditional styles.

New materials and a smarter design process mean that a lighter and more flexible frame can be incorporated, covered with a softer yet stronger silicone based membrane.

RDO Medical currently distributes the English and Spanish language version of the Caya as well as ContraGel Green natural contraceptive gel, available for immediate shipping on a wholesale and retail basis.

 

 

The FemCap: A Tighter Seal & Smaller Design

FemCap Cervical Cap For Barrier Contraception A cervical cap, as the name suggests, caps the cervix in contrast to a diaphragm that sits inside the vaginal cavity and is held in place by muscular support from all sides. The traditional diaphragm design can slip out of place, and if just one side moves too far inwards or outwards, the protective seal may be broken. A Cervical cap on the other hand caps the cervix like a thimble capping your thumb producing and tight and secure seal. Adding a contraceptive gel or spermicide to the inner side of the FemCap creates suction between the curved inner side of the FemCap that is almost air tight around the protruding cervix.

With the FemCap, accessibility to a doctor trained in diaphragm sizing is no longer necessary. Diaphragm sizing is decided by the ever changing size of the vaginal cavity which can fluctuate as a woman gains or looses weight or exercises to achieve firmer muscle mass in the buttocks, lower abdomen and inner thigh area.

Since the FemCap sits on top of the cervix, its size is determined by cervix size. After puberty, a woman's cervix size corresponds to a 22mm FemCap unless she becomes pregnant. Two weeks after conception, the cervix dilates irreversibly. This is important because even if a women miscarries early in the pregnancy and perhaps is not even aware she conceived, her cervix size has changed and a 26mm FemCap is now necessary. Vaginal delivery once again changes the cervix size; the correct size for someone who has had a vaginal delivery is 30mm.

This simple sizing system based on a woman's obstetric history means it is simple to self-size. This is key to providing effective barrier contraceptive solutions for the Developing World where access to a Doctor for correct diaphragm sizing is not an option. The smaller device is also more user friendly and less intimidating then a larger diaphragm.

RDO Medical currently distributes the English and Spanish language version of the FemCap as well as ContraGel Green natural contraceptive gel, available for immediate shipping on a wholesale and retail basis.

 

 

ContraGel: Enabling Effective Barrier Usage Without Chemicals

Contragel natural spermicide alternative Many couples are prevented from using barrier methods of contraception because of the simple fact that those barriers need an additional component of a spermicidal gel, and many report skin irritations as a result of spermicide usage. The active ingredient in most traditional spermicides, Nonoxynol 9, is a chemical that kills sperm on contact. Not surprisingly, a chemical that kills sperm can also cause unpleasant side effects on intimate areas.

ContraGel is a spermicide alternative that does not contain Nonoxynol 9 at all. Its natural ingredients don't need the overkill of such powerful pharmaceuticals, the barrier is sealed with the ContraGel and the viscosity of the gel and its low pH immobilise the sperm, ensuring no live sperm complete their intended journey.

The 60 gramme tube of ContraGel typically provides 15-20 applications. These numbers are based on the typical requirements of three to four ml applied to diaphragms and cervical caps for each act of intercourse. Additional ContraGel should be applied to the barrier with a finger or vaginal applicator if more then one act of intercourse occurs.

RDO Medical is the official UK and Eire distributor of ContraGel Green natural contraceptive gel. It is available for immediate shipping on a wholesale and retail basis.

 

 

Learn About The 6 -8 Days Each Cycle When Barrier Contraceptives Are Needed To Prevent Pregnancy

cyclotest can identify your fertility window The goal of barrier contraception is to prevent perm from reaching and fertilizing an egg — but fertilization is biologically impossible unless a viable egg is present

Natural Family Planning (NFP) and Fertility Awareness (FA) identify when there is or is not an egg present, nullifying the need for contraceptives most of the month. Sperm can live inside the womb for up to 5 days, and ovulation releases an egg which is able to be fertilized for one day. That six day span is referred to as the fertility window, and is the only time there is actually a real need for a barrier device.

Cyclotest uses Symptothermal fertility charting to identify that fertility window by using a daily basal body temperature (BBT) reading. Changes in the BBT readings help identify ovulation and form the fertility window.

With 99% reliability, why not let Cyclotest make your contraceptive decisions for you?

Learn more about using Cyclotest to identify your fertility window by clicking HERE.

 

 

The Coil: Intrauterine Methods of Contraception

Intrauterine Methods of ContraceptionIntrauterine methods refer to contraceptive devices which are placed inside the uterus and are usually shaped like the letter ‘T’.  The arms on of the ‘T’ hold the device in place.  Frame-less intrauterine devices (IUDs), such as GyneFix, are also available and are less likely to cause complications.  The two main types of IUDs are those that release progestin (a synthetic progestogen) and those that contain copper.  

Because there are ten types of copper IUDs in the UK and only one in the US, the terminology to describe these devices differ between the two countries.  In the United States, all devices placed in the uterus to prevent pregnancy are referred to as intrauterine devices (IUDs) or intrauterine contraceptive devices (IUCDs).  In the UK, only copper containing devices are referred to as IUDs (or IUCDs).  Hormonal intrauterine contraceptives are called Intra-Uterine System (IUS).

Intrauterine Devices have long been called abortifacients, meaning they allow fertilization but prevent implantation or destroy the egg after it implants. Several studies have proven that the IUD, and particularly those with copper in them, has a powerful spermicidal effect. Further studies have shown that some women with IUDs who did not become pregnant had in their blood a hormone that only occurs after a fertilize egg has implanted. This was less common with copper IUDs, but was seen for both copper and inert IUDs. Clearly in these cases the IUD destroyed the fertilized egg after it implanted. Paragard T380A, which is available worldwide, is currently the most commonly used method of contraception.

 

 

Coitus Interruptus: The 'Pull Out' or 'Withdrawal' Method

Coitus Interruptus: The 'Pull Out' or 'Withdrawal' Method of Contraception‘Coitus Interruptus’ literally translates to ‘interrupted sexual intercourse’ and is also referred to as the withdrawal or pull-out method.

 Coitus Interruptus is accomplished by ending sexual intercourse (pulling out) before ejaculation and involves certain risks.  First, the man may not complete the manoeuvre on time or he may do it incorrectly.

Concern has been raised in the past concerning the risk of pregnancy from pre-ejaculate sperm, but several small studies have failed to find any viable sperm in the fluid.

 

 

LAM: The Lactational Amenorrhea Method

LAM Lactational Amenorrhea Method  for NFP contraception The Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM) can only be practiced by new mothers who are currently lactating.  In order to save the strength of a new mother, the body is designed to switch off fertility after birth so the new mother could breast feed the child without the risk of further pregnancy.

According to a Planned Parenthood study conducted in 2005, for women who meet the following criteria, LAM is 98% - 99.5% effective during the first six months after pregnancy.

The method can only be used under certain circumstances, which can be talked through with the midwife who is looking after the mother's post-partum care issues. The circumstances are quite logical when you think that the body needs to know that the newborn has a dependency on the lactation - if it's being weened off the breast and on to a bottle the body will eventually decide that external nutrition can now support the baby and switch the fertility switch back on again.

- The infant must obtain all of its nutrients (or almost all) from breastfeeding.

- Pumping instead of nursing and feeding formula to infants reduce the effectiveness of LAM.

- The infant must be breastfeed every four hours during the day and every six hours at night.

- The infant must be less than 6 years old.

- The mother must not have had a period for 56 days after giving birth (when determining fertility, bleeding prior to 56 days postpartum can be ignored).

 

 

FAM: The Fertility Awareness Method

Fertility Awareness for Natural ContraceptionA woman can only fall pregnant on the day of ovulation, if the ovum is fertilized within approximately 12 hours or 24 at the most.  The sperm can survive up to five days inside the womb, therefore unprotected sex before ovulation could lead to the fertilization of the ovum.

Like LAMs, Symptoms-based Fertility Awareness Methods (FAM) are natural ways to practice contraception.  FAMs involve a woman observing and monitoring her body’s fertility symptoms in order to determine the fertile and infertile days of her cycle.  In order to monitor correctly, a women must record the fertility signs manually or by using a Contraceptive Monitor.

When a woman measures her basal body temperature in combination with an additional indicator of fertility, she is implementing what is known as the ‘symptothermal’ method of contraception.

Many women choose to employ the assistance of contraceptive monitors when practicing this form of contraception. Contraceptive monitors are tiny computers which identify the fertile and non-fertile phase of a woman’s cycle by measuring body temperature or analyzing urine.

Learn more about using Cyclotest to identify your fertility window by clicking HERE.

FAM can also practiced using calendar-based methods such as the standard days method and the rhythm method.  These practices use the length of past menstrual cycles to predict the likelihood of fertility.

In order for FAM to work as an effective form of contraception, choose to either abstain from unprotected sex or use physical barrier methods of contraception, such as condoms, during their fertile periods.

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is often associated with FAM, and specifically refers to forms of contraception permitted by the Roman Catholic Church. One key difference is the abstinence during the fertility window when practicing NFP, whereas with FAM using barrier contraception is an open option during those days.

 

 

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  1. Cyclotest - The Contraceptive Monitor With 99% Reliability

    Cyclotest - The Contraceptive Monitor With 99% Reliability - English Language Version

    99% Accurate, Cyclotest 2 Plus sympto-thermal fertility monitor for contraception can monitor your daily basal body temperature (BBT) and menstruation data (plus optionally LH hormone surges, cervical mucus if you wish) to accurately identify ovulation and as a result predict your fertility window, letting you know when intercourse could lead to pregnancy.

     

    English language version with free start-up call included in price when purchased from us.

     

    • 100% Natural
    • Totally Hormone Free.
    • Allows Instantly Reversible Contraception.
    • NFP Friendly.
    • USB Connectivity.
    • Monitors BBT and Optional LH/Cervical Mucus Observations .
    • Powerful Tool For Gynaecologists.
    • Pearl Index of 1 (99% Reliability).
    • 25+ Years R&D.
    • 2 Year Warranty.
    • Centralised End User Support.
    • German Manufactured.
    • CE 0123 Certified.
    • English Language Version.
    • Cyclotest products can not be shipped to USA and Canada.

     

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    Price (Inc. VAT): £149.00

  2. Cyclotest Lady Quality BBT Thermometer with Fertility Charting Kit

    Cyclotest Lady Quality BBT Thermometer with Fertility Charting Kit

    Cyclotest Lady BBT Thermometer is an exceptionally high quality thermometer which comes with a cayy case which contains fertility charts to map ovulation for Natural Family Planning (NFP).

     

    • Exceptionally high quality BBT thermometer.
    • 100th degree accuracy.
    • Comes in a sturdy, stitched case containing pencil and fertility charts.
    • Low battery indicator.
    • Cyclotest products can not be shipped to USA and Canada.

     

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    Price (Inc. VAT): £16.50

  3. Cyclotest 2 Plus Software - An Optional Extra For Downloading Your Fertility Charts

    Cyclotest 2 Plus Software - An Optional Extra For Downloading Your Fertility Charts

    Cyclotest 2 Plus Software, an optional addition for a Cyclotest monitor which allows the users fertility profile to be downloaded to their computer. This can be printed off or PDF'd to email to their Doctor if needed. Note, this is included for free when buying the Cyclotest Baby device.

     

    English language version with free start-up call included in price when purchased from us.

     

    • Accessory for Cyclotest 2 Plus contraceptive monitor
    • English language software CD for Windows PC.
    • Can run on most dual-boot Macs.
    • Fertility charts can be downloaded to PDF to be printed or emailed.
    • USB cable and instructions included.
    • Cyclotest products can not be shipped to USA and Canada.

     

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    Cyclotest LH Hormone Ovulation Predictor Kit (Pack of 9 Tests)

    In-vitro diagnostic test for self testing. The Cyclotest LH Test is a single-stage ovulation test with hygienic holder for detecting the ovulatory hormone LH in urine in order to determine the most fertile phase prior to ovulation. 9 tests are included.

     

    • Hygienic, luxury style, mid-stream test.
    • Simple, clear, fast & safe.
    • 99% accurate.
    • Cyclotest products can not be shipped to USA and Canada.

     

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  5. Buy The FemCap Cervical Cap for Hormone Free Barrier Contraception

    FemCap Cervical Cap for Hormone Free Barrier Contraception

    Hormone free contraception with silicone cervical cap. Simple sizing is based off obstetrical history so you don't need to be sized by a doctor. Unlike a condom, FemCap allows for total skin-to-skin intimacy.

     

    • Natural Intimacy Branded
    • Dual English & Spanish Language Version
    • 100% Natural, Instantly Reversible Contraception 
    • Totally Hormone Free 
    • Latex Free 
    • Vegan - Contains No Animal By-Products
    • Over 10 Years Production History 
    • American Manufactured
    • FDA Approved 
    • Health Canada Approved
    • EU / CE 0470 Certified

     

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    Price (Inc. VAT): £50.00

  6. Milex Omniflex Diaphragms - For Reusable Barrier Contraception

    Milex Omniflex Diaphragms - For Reusable Barrier Contraception

    Milex silicone diaphragm, with Omniflex style spring. Available in 60mm, 65mm, 70mm, 75mm, 80mm, 85mm, 90mm. Sizing must be determined by your Doctor or Gynaecologist.

     

    • High Durability And Longer Use Life
    • Hypoallergenic
    • Avoids Latex Allergy
    • Does Not Absorb Odours or Secretions
    • Sterilizable, Can Be Boiled or Autoclaved
    • Broad Rim With Lip Keeps Gel Inside Diaphragm And Keeps Tight Fit
    • Sizing Compatible With Ortho All-Flex Sizing
    • Storage Box And Instructions For Use Included

     

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    Price (Inc. VAT): £39.99

  7. ContraGel - Alternativa Natural al Espermicida - Tubo 60g

    ContraGel - The Natural Alternative to Spermicide - 60ml Tube

    Say goodbye to irritation with ContraGel Green, the natural vegan alternative to spermicide. Used in conjunction with a diaphragm or cervical cap for natural and effective non-hormonal birth control. Large and long lasting 60ml tube.

     

    •  Totally Hormone Free 
    •  Instantly Reversible Contraception 
    •  No Nonoxynol 9 
    •  Non-toxic 
    •  Vegan
    •  Waterbased
    •  Compatible with YES Organic Lubricants
    •  Available Over The Counter (OTC Non-Prescription) 
    •  Over 35 Years Production History. 
    •  European Manufactured. 
    •  CE 0124 Certified. 

     

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    Price (Inc. VAT): £15.00

  8. Milex Arcing Diaphragms - The Reusable Barrier Contraceptive

    Milex Arcing Diaphragms - For Reusable Barrier Contraception

    Milex silicone diaphragm, with Arcing style spring. Available in 60mm, 65mm, 70mm, 75mm, 80mm, 85mm, 90mm. Sizing must be determined by your Doctor or Gynaecologist.

     

    • High Durability And Longer Use Life
    • Hypoallergenic
    • Avoids Latex Allergy
    • Does Not Absorb Odors or Secretions
    • Sterilizable, Can Be Boiled or Autoclaved
    • Broad Rim With Lip Keeps Gel Inside Diaphragm And Keeps Tight Fit
    • Sizing Compatible With Ortho All-Flex Sizing
    • Storage Box And Instructions For Use Included

     

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    Price (Inc. VAT): £39.99

  9. Caya Single Size Contoured Diaphragm

    Caya Single Size Contoured Diaphragm

    Caya is a single-size contraceptive barrier device designed to fit a broad range of women. The contoured diaphragm design is easy to use and offers discreet contraceptive protection.

     

    • 100% Natural Instantly Reversible Contraception. 
    • Totally Hormone Free. 
    • Latex Free.
    • One Size Fits Most Women.
    • Suitable for users of 65mm, 70mm, 75mm or 80mm diaphragms.
    • EU / CE 0470 Certified.
    • Not Available In Australia or USA.

     

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    Price (Inc. VAT): £40.00

  10. Glyde Premium Vegan Condoms - Pack of 10

    Glyde Premium Vegan Condoms - Pack of 10

    The first condom made with a proprietary plant-based formula of thistle extract and natural rubber latex, using Glyde’s patented ‘double dipping’ technology for extra sheerness with complete reliability. These vegan condoms are guaranteed to be free of Nonoxynol 9 spermicide which will save a lot of people a lot of itching. Available in 3 sizes to ensure the best fit, they are totally compatible with ContraGel, our natural alternative to spermicide and YES organic lubricants.

     

    • No casein, talc, parabens or spermicides
    • Double washed to eliminate unpleasant latex odor
    • 3 different sizes to choose from
    • Exceed global requirements for strength and resilience
    • Certified Ethical & Vegan by the Vegan Society
    • Non-GMO fair trade natural rubber
    • FDA and CE approved
    • Compatible with ContraGel and YES organic lubricants

     

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  11. Pesante - Pack of 3 X Female Condoms

    Pasante Non-Spermicidally Lubricated, Non-Latex Female Condoms

    Pasante branded pack of Female Condoms. Giving women choice. Non-spermicidally lubricated non-latex female condom. Soft and comfortable, it lines the inside of the vagina and provides superior heat transfer and sensitivity. Compatible with ContraGel and YES lubricants.

     

    • Length: 170mm, Width: 80mm, Average Thickness: 50 microns.
    • Currently the world's ONLY non-spermicidally lubricated non-latex female condom.
    • Can be inserted up to an hour before.
    • Odourless, tasteless and does not require male erection.
    • Prevents the spread of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and AIDS.
    • Does not reduce a male partner's stimulation.
    • Protects the vagina and vulva.
    • Can be used by people with latex sensitivities.
    • Erection not necessary to keep condom in place.

     

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    Price (Inc. VAT): £5.50

  12. Milex Diaphragm Fitting Kit

    Milex Diaphragm Fitting Kit

    Milex silicone diaphragm fitting kit. Allows diaphragm sizing to be determined by Doctors or Gynaecologists. Contains 5 diaphragms of 65, 70, 75, 80 and 85mm for sizing purposes, NOT for contraceptive use.

     

    • High Durability And Longer Use Life
    • Hypoallergenic
    • Avoids Latex Allergy
    • Does Not Absorb Odors or Secretions
    • Sterilizable, Can Be Boiled or Autoclaved
    • Broad Rim With Lip Keeps Gel Inside Diaphragm And Keeps Tight Fit
    • Sizing Compatible With Ortho All-Flex Sizing
    • Storage Box With Lid Included

     

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    Price (Inc. VAT): £60.00

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