by Anai Rhoads
A diaphragm is similar to a cervical cap. It is a soft latex, dome shaped barrier that protects you against unwanted pregnancy. As with the cervical cap, if used correctly, it has a success rate of 87%. A spermicide is added to immobilize or even kill any sperm that comes in contact with it.
You may obtain a diaphragm by visiting your doctor for an examination.
Only your doctor can prescribe the diaphragm for you. Never attempt to use any other object that looks similar, or use another woman's diaphragm.
Start at 2 to 3 hours before intercourse. Apply the required spermicide inside and around the rim of the diaphragm. Place it deeply into the vagina, making sure you have securely covered the cervix. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully. Improper use can raise your chances of conception.
As with anything we use in this world, there are upsides and downsides. The same applies to the diaphragm. Let us start with the pros...
Pros of using a diaphragm:
Cons of using a diaphragm:
Notify your doctor right away if you develop any rashes, painful intercourse between you or your partner, soreness, itchy discharge that has a strong smell, or develop a bladder infection.
Anai Rhoads is a medical and political researcher/writer with a particular interest in the sanctions on Iraq and the wider effect of racism's influence in the Middle East. A vegan since 2000, she is a dedicated supporter of activities which promote animal and human rights. Originally from Greece, she now resides in Virginia, USA with her husband and their two dogs, Bijou and Eva..
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