November 29th, 2017
Vaginal diaphragms prevent pregnancy by blocking the entry of sperms into the female genital tract. It is not as common as condoms and a lot of women do not know how to properly use diaphragms to minimize the risk of unintended pregnancies.
How to use vaginal diaphragms?
It is recommended to learn how to properly use vaginal diaphragms for best results and maximum effectiveness. If you are experiencing difficulty in inserting or removing diaphragm after use, you can use appropriate tools or devices to help in insertion.
Here are some basic steps:
The diaphragm can be placed in the vagina about 60 minutes prior to sexual activity and can be left in place for up to 4 to 6 hours. Make sure the diaphragm is removed within 24 hours.
Efficacy and effectiveness of vaginal diaphragms can be increased by following these tips:
To further improve the effectiveness of diaphragm as a condom, the male partner can use a condom or pull out just prior to ejaculating. When used correctly, the efficacy of diaphragms is as high as 94-98%.
Diaphragm is a great option for most women; however, it may not be the best choice for women who:
There are several other contraceptive options that can be used besides diaphragm if you are looking for a long-term contraceptive option.
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