Barrier Contraception

Barrier contraceptives allow for non hormonal contraceptionYou don't have to poison yourself in order to have reliable birth control! Green, natural, organic birth control, that can actually increase your wellness exists! Barrier contraceptives are experiencing a comeback as women are taking control of their health and becoming more aware of hormone-free methods of birth control.

Condoms are the most popular barrier contraceptives, but other barriers that are more suited to long term use, such as diaphragms and cervical caps, are also gaining popularity. The introduction of natural alternatives to spermicide such as ContraGel, and the replacement of latex with durable silicone, are making these options more viable for the consumer.

Remember though, condoms can prevent against STD's but barriers and cervical caps can not. However if that is not your concern, if you're in a stable relationship for example, then the focus is on preventing pregnancy. If that's the case then it's worth reading up on Fertility Awareness and how you can identify your Fertility Window. It's only a week long and the only time you need to use your barrier contraceptive to prevent pregnancy. The rest of the time you really can go natural!



Male Condoms: Champions In The Fight Against HIV

Condoms For STD Protection and Barrier Contraception The 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 during each act of intercourse 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.



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  1. FemCap Cervical Cap for Hormone Free Barrier Contraception

    Buy The FemCap Cervical Cap for Hormone Free Barrier Contraception

    Price (Inc. VAT): £50.00

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    Hormone free contraception with a 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
    • 100% Natural, Instantly Reversible Contraception
    • Hormone Free
    • Latex Free
    • Vegan - Contains No Animal By-Products
    • Dual English & Spanish Language Instructions
    • Over 10 Years Production History
    • American Manufactured
    • FDA Approved
    • Health Canada Approved
    • EU / CE 0470 Certified
  2. Milex Omniflex Diaphragms - For Reusable Barrier Contraception

    Milex Omniflex Diaphragms - For Reusable Barrier Contraception

    Price (Inc. VAT): £39.99

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    Milex silicone diaphragm with Omniflex spring mechanism. The Omniflex spring is highly flexible for easy insertion. Available in 60mm, 65mm, 70mm, 75mm, 80mm, 85mm & 90mm. Size must be determined by your doctor or a trained health care professional.

    • Highly Durable
    • Hypoallergenic
    • Silicone
    • Will Not Absorb Fluids Or Retain Oder
    • Easy To Sterilize
    • Broad Rim With Lip To Keep Contraceptive Gel In Place
    • Sizing Compatible With Ortho All-Flex Sizing
    • Storage Box And Instructions Included
  3. Glyde Premium Vegan Condoms - 10 Pack

    Glyde Premium Vegan Condoms - Pack of 10

    Price (Inc. VAT): £7.99

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    GLYDE vegan condoms are strong, reliable, super smooth, and constructed with a high tech 'double dipping' technology. Even better, they are ethically produced, with a special emphasis on Fair Trade and work conditions on the Malaysian rubber plantations. GLYDE condoms do not contain nonoxynol-9 spermicide, talc, or chemical based flavorings. They are compatible with ContraGel spermicide alternative and YES water-based organic lubricants.

    • Exceeds Global Requirements For Strength
    • Certified Ethical & Vegan by the Vegan Society
    • Four Sizes Ensure A Perfect Fit
    • Non-GMO Fair Trade Rubber
    • Paraben-Free, Talc-Free, Spermicide-Free, Casein-Free
    • Double Washed To Eliminate Latex Odor
    • Flavorings Made From Organic Extracts
    • FDA and CE approved
  4. Milex Arcing Diaphragms - For Reusable Barrier Contraception

    Milex Arcing Diaphragms - The Reusable Barrier Contraceptive

    Price (Inc. VAT): £39.99

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    Milex silicone diaphragm with an arching hinge mechanism. These diaphragms can be compressed across two axises for insertion. Available in 60mm, 65mm, 70mm, 75mm, 80mm, 85mm & 90mm. Correct size must be determined by your doctor or a trained health care professional.

    • Highly Durable
    • Hypoallergenic
    • Silicone
    • Will Not Absorb Fluids Or Retain Oder
    • Easy To Sterilize
    • Broad Rim With Lip To Keep Contraceptive Gel In Place
    • Sizing Compatible With Ortho All-Flex Sizing
    • Storage Box And Instructions Included
  5. Caya Single Size Contoured Diaphragm

    Caya Single Size Contoured Diaphragm

    Price (Inc. VAT): £40.00

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    Advanced diaphragm design and one size technology finally brings natural, non-hormonal birth control within your reach.

    • 100% Natural Instantly Reversible Contraception
    • Hormone Free
    • Latex Free
    • Designed For Maximum Ease Of Use
    • One Size Fits Most
    • Suitable For 65mm, 70mm, 75mm or 80mm Diaphragms Users
    • EU / CE 0470 Certified
    • FDA Approved
  6. Pasante Non-Spermicidally Lubricated, Non-Latex Female Condoms

    Pesante - Pack of 3 X Female Condoms

    Price (Inc. VAT): £5.50

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    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.


  7. Milex Diaphragm Fitting Kit

    Milex Diaphragm Fitting Kit

    Price (Inc. VAT): £60.00

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    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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