How Does Diaphragm Work?
Diaphragms are highly effective when
used conjointly with Spermicides wither in the form of gels or cremes. The gel
or creme acts as an indispensable contraceptive
agent and stays close to the cervical area of the woman. As a result, the sperm
is effectively prevented from entering the uterus. Chances of pregnancy thus
The Diaphragm is said to be highly
effective with a score of a high 94%. But it is extremely important to ensure
that the spermicidal gel or creme is used properly as otherwise, the
effectiveness can fall drastically.
A Diaphragm can be effective even when
continually used for two to three years. But before each usage it is very
necessary to observe and check minutely for the presence of tiny rips or holes
on the surface. This can be easily ascertained if the Diaphragm is stretched
and held up against a source of light.
The proper size of the Diaphragm can be
determined only by a physician. The woman needs to visit a health care
practitioner in order to find which size exactly fits her body.
The Diaphragm must be inserted before sex
and should be removed within 6-8 hours after intercourse takes place.
Spermicide must be applied every two hours or before each intercourse.
The Diaphragm does not interfere with
the sexual actions and can hold its place during urination and bowel movements.
The woman can also go under the shower while wearing Diaphragm.
In order to ensure its high
effectiveness, the size of the Diaphragm needs to be regularly checked.
Especially under the following
- The woman has just begun an
active sex life
- Experiences fluctuating body
weight. The situation must be carefully monitored if there is a recent
weight gain or twenty pounds or more.
- If the woman has become
- If any variant of pelvic
surgery is carried out on the woman.
the advantages of using Diaphragm for contraception.
- Women and couples are found to prefer Diaphragms
due to the fact that its presence is not felt by either partner during
- Compared to the other barrier method
contraceptive devices like the cervical cap, the Diaphragm is easier to
insert and this makes women feel more comfortable in using it.
Side Effects of
a quick look at the side effects of Diaphragm.
- TSS or Toxic Shock Syndrome can happen in women
if the Diaphragm is left for over a day after the sexual intercourse. This
is a rare medical condition.
- The woman is likely to experience bacterial
infections in some cases.
- Some women are allergic to rubber which is the
base constituent of the Diaphragm and therefore experience irritation or
allergy due to it.
- The Spermicide can also cause mild to serious
irritation or allergies in some women.
It is important to note that the Diaphragm merely is a contraceptive that
and does not offer any protection against sexually
transmitted diseases and infections. The most common diseases and
infections like gonorrhea, Chlamydia, herpes or HIV
are not prevented with a Diaphragm. It is therefore advisable to use the Diaphragm
along with the male condom to experience safe sex for both the partners.