Diaphragms are a Low Tech and Effective Contraceptive Alternative

Women do still ask about diaphragms, and it is a low tech barrier method solution to effective contraception for some. Although barrier methods of contraception are not as effective as hormonal or long acting methods of contraception, contraceptive diaphragms are still an effective alternative for those who do not want hormonal contraception. The silicone rubber lasts a long time, but it is recommended that you get an new diaphragm every two years. And though the devices are quite stable, prior to each use of a diaphragm we remind women to check it puncture marks or cracks, which would reduce its effectiveness.increase chances of failure. We do recommend that it is used with spermicide. Although barrier methods are not as effective, after two years of use couples have very high continuing success rates of pregnancy prevention. Read the labels on your spermicide choice as some may cause deterioration of the latex or silicone in the device, and even some lubricants and yeast medications can affect the diaphragm's integrity.. Most women can easily pop their diaphragm in from pretty much any position: squatting, laying down, and after the diaphragm is inserted into the vagina check that the cervix is completely covered within the spermicide-containing dome and the anterior rim is lodged just inside the vagina up under your pelvic bone. Most gynos will then recommend an additional applicator of spermicide is then placed in vagina. Insert before sex, and ideally no more than 1-2 hours before sex, or add additional spermicide. Remove the diaphragm after at least 6 hours of wear, and if you discover it's moved, push it back into place and add spermicide. If your diaphragm is dislodging often then it's time for your gyno to check your anatomy to make sure there is no other issue that needs to be addressed. Remove the diaphragm after 24 hours of use. Extra sex means extra spermicide should be inserted as well. After use, mild soap and water, dry and it's ready to be used again. Risks are low, and should be discussed with your individual provider. Some women are more at risk for bladder infections, and we don't recommend use during menses because of worries regarding blood build up or toxic shock. For Personal Consultation, Women's Health Practice or pop on your Patient Portal to book an appointment.

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