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A Diaphragm Picture for You to See


Updated April 30, 2010

A diaphragm is a flexible, dome-shaped cup with a bendable rim. Diaphragms come in many sizes & designs - increasing your odds of finding one that’s a good fit.

Diaphragms (and Spermicide)

Photo © 2009 Dawn Stacey
The dome-shaped diaphragm can be made of latex or silicone. Diaphragms have been used since the 1830s and are considered to be the first major innovation for women seeking personal control to protect themselves from an unintended pregnancy. Due to improvements in design and effectiveness, diaphragm use is still a popular birth control method.

In addition to size, there are two kinds of diaphragms: a flat ring option and an arcing or coil spring option.

Designed to fit securely in the vagina to cover the cervix, the diaphragm becomes a barrier that blocks the opening to the uterus. Diaphragms must be used with a spermicide (like Gynol) as this additional birth control method hinders sperm movement. Diaphragm use includes needing to be inserted before sex (no more than 6 hours ahead of time), and it should be left for 6 to 8 hours after ejaculation. It is important that you practice inserting your diaphragm – as you want to increase your diaphragm use success.

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