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The diaphragm is used to prevent pregnancy. A diaphragm is called a barrier method because it keeps the sperm and eggs apart. It is made of rubber and shaped like a dome, and it has a firm, flexible rim. It fits inside your vagina and covers the cervix, which is the opening of the uterus.
You use the diaphragm each time you have intercourse. The diaphragm will last for 1 to 2 years.
Your doctor will fit you for the diaphragm and give you a prescription for it. Your doctor may ask you to come back to make sure you know how to insert the diaphragm and use it correctly.
How do you use the diaphragm?
What if you think the diaphragm is not placed correctly or not protecting you from pregnancy?
What else do you need to know?
Current as of:
November 22, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Sarah Marshall MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: November 22, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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