All about the diaphragm

The diaphragm is a dome-shaped silicone device that is inserted into the cervix. It lasts for 1 to 2 years and costs between $60 and $100. Its effectiveness is low. It is 88% with atypical use. How is it used? What are its advantages, disadvantages and risk of use?

How to use it?

The diaphragm is prescribed by a doctor. The doctor will do an examination to determine the size of the cervix in order to suggest the best device. The diaphragm is used in conjunction with a spermicide. It must be put on before sex and removed afterwards unlike the vaginal ring which must be left in place for several weeks. It should be :

Insert it no more than 2 hours before intercourse (if it has not been inserted before, it must be inserted before penetration). 

It can be left in place for at least 6 hours, but not more than 24 hours after intercourse before removing it.

Benefits of the diaphragm

The diaphragm contains no hormones, so it does not interact with the hormonal system, cycle time or blood flow. It can be used under all conditions and only when needed. It can also be used by women who are breastfeeding.

Disadvantages of the diaphragm

Insertion and removal of the diaphragm can be a little painful. It can be responsible for urinary or vaginal infections. It is also very important to inspect the diaphragm frequently for micro-tears or wear and tear of the silicone.

  • Health risks and contraindications of the diaphragm;
  • The diaphragm is contraindicated in the following cases;
  • Predisposition to urinary and vaginal infections;
  • An abnormality in the uterus;
  • Allergy to silicone, latex or spermicide.

Except in the case of an allergy to silicone or spermicide, the diaphragm has no side effects for the woman who uses it.