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Diaphragms and Cervical Caps

The diaphragm is a latex or silicone, dome-shaped cup with a flexible rim. It is inserted in the vagina and becomes a barrier that covers the cervix. It is put in place before intercourse and is left in for 6-8 hours after ejaculation. The diaphragm must be used with spermicide. A cervical cap is also a barrier birth control device and is fitted by your doctor. It is similar to the diaphragm (only smaller). The Femcap and Lea's Shield are two types of cervical caps.

Diaphragms
What is a diaphragm? A rubber diaphragm is a barrier method of women’s birth control. Learn about diaphragm use as well as pros, cons, costs, and how to obtain a diaphragm. Diaphragm effectiveness is also discussed.

Cervical Cap
Before having sex, know your birth control options. A cervical cap is a barrier birth control device, fitted by your doctor and is used to prevent unplanned pregnancies. Similar to the diaphragm (only smaller), the cervical cap prevents sperm from reaching an egg. The Femcap and Lea Shield are two types of cervical caps.

When Is It Time For a New Diaphragm?
A diaphragm is a flexible, latex, dome-shaped cup with a bendable rim. It is designed to fit securely in the vagina to cover the cervix and form a barrier to stop sperm from entering your cervix. In order to stay effective, you must pay attention to when it may be time to get a new diaphragm. Learn what to look for so you can tell if its time for you to get a new diaphragm.

Prevent Diaphragm Failure
Learn tips to decrease the chances of experiencing diaphragm failure.

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