Diaphragm / Cervical Cap
- The diaphragm is a rubber-like little contraceptive cup that you fit inside your vagina to prevent pregnancy.
- It is reusable for up to 2 years. (Yippee! Reusable!)
- Remember that the diaphragm works best as a contraceptive with spermicide! Do not forget to use it every time!
You may choose to put the diaphragm in just before you have sex, or you can put it in before you get intimate with your partner. That way, you can have a smooth ride with no unnecessary breaks when things are getting really jiggy 😉
Make sure that you leave it inside you for at least six more hours after you have finished having sex, and do not leave it in for more than 24 hours at a time.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
- Check your diaphragm to be sure it is still strong and not leaking
- Put enough spermicide in the cup and rub some on the top too.
- Lie down and spread your legs wide open.
- Use your two fingers to open your vagina, with your other hand, pick up the diaphragm and fold it in half.
- Insert the diaphragm into your vagina. Your index finger must be at the centre of the diaphragm while you are pushing it in so that the diaphragm can sit and fit well
- Push the diaphragm as far into your vagina as is comfortable.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water
- Put your index finger into your vagina, find the rim of the diaphragm, hook it up and pull it out. It is that simple.
Do you think it is difficult? Ask your healthcare provider about how you can get an inserter or tips on how to make insertion easier.
- After taking it out, wash it, dry it and store it back in it’s compact box.
- Allow air to dry it.
- Don't use powders or oil-based lubricants (like Vaseline or cold cream) on your diaphragm.
With typical use of the diaphragm it is 88% effective: about 1 out of every 12 women who use it every year will get pregnant.
Most women can use the diaphragm safely. However, some women may not be able to use a diaphragm. If you agree with any of these statements, it might be a good idea to talk to a healthcare provider to find another contraceptive that is right for you.
- If touching your vagina and vulva makes you uncomfortable.
- If you are sensitive to silicone or spermicide.
- If you gave birth in the last six weeks.
- If you have certain physical problems with your uterus or vagina.
- If you easily catch urinary tract infections.
- If you have a history of toxic shock syndrome.
- If you recently had an abortion.
- You can put a diaphragm in hours before you have sex.
- You can have sex as many times as you like while it is inside you.
- You and your partner should not be able to feel it.
- It does not affect your hormones.
- It reduces your risk of pelvic inflammatory disease and tubal infertility.
- It does not disturb breastfeeding.
- Some women cannot insert it easily.
- The diaphragm does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
- It may cause your vagina to be irritated or your vagina may react negatively to it.
- Some women end up getting urinary tract infections.
- You must use it every time you have sex, you cannot skip it.
- If you are allergic to spermicide or silicone, do not use a diaphragm.
- Diaphragms can get pushed out of place by large penises (eyes wide!), heavy thrusting (rough riding), or certain sexual positions.
Immediately. Once you remove it, you are fertile again.
No! Using a diaphragm does not cause cancer.