the diaphragm

THE DIAPHRAGM

Blocking access to sperm up to 24 hours in advance.

IT’S ALL ABOUT A GOOD FIT

the diaphragm

The diaphragm is a simple barrier that stops sperm from reaching the womb. It is a dome-shaped flexible disc with a flexible rim, and is made from latex rubber or silicone. It must be inserted into the vagina before you have sex. Wash your hands, fill the diaphragm with spermicide, and add some around the edges to be safe. Then fold it in half and insert it as you would insert a tampon, pushing it up until it covers your cervix.

 

It can be left in place for up to 24 hours, but if you have sex more than once you should apply more spermicide. You should also leave the diaphragm in for at least 6 hours after sex. Your doctor or nurse may conduct an initial fitting to make sure you have the correct size, but after that it's up to you. Other than making sure it is inserted properly, you should also check it from time to time to make sure it isn't damaged. You should also have the diaphragm checked by a doctor or nurse after childbirth, or if you lose a significant amount of weight, just to make sure it still fits correctly.

 

As this is a non-hormonal method, there should be no effect on your fertility.

HOW IT MEASURES UP

Typical use means how well the method works in real life and perfect use means how well a method works under 'perfect' or ideal conditions for example when there is no user error at any time

EFFICACY WITH PERFECT USE

The diaphragm is mostly self-administered with a prescription. If used perfectly every time – fitted correctly and used with spermicide – the diaphragm is a fairly effective, non-hormone contraceptive method.

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EFFICACY WITH TYPICAL USE

The diaphragm is mostly self-administered with a prescription. It requires proper placement, and the use of spermicides, to work most effectively. We're all human and we're not all perfect all the time, and with typical use the diaphragm is fairly effective.

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Hormones

No. The diaphragm is hormone-free and works best when it is used with spermicide.

Ease of Use

The diaphragm needs to be placed in the vagina up to 24 hours prior to intercourse each time you have sex, and it must be left in place for at least 6 hours after you have sex.

Your Period

The diaphragm has no impact on menstruation.

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If you want to report a side effect of medication, please contact your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in your contraception package leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme at https://yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk/ or search MHRA Yellow Card in Google Play or Apple App Store.
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