Diaphragm: 5 things you need to know to use this contraceptive
Take the test around you and tell your friends that you are using a diaphragm. Most will open their eyes wide and others will exclaim "I do not know how you do!"The lack of knowledge of this method of contraception is such that it still remains very little used today.Although, more and more women wishing to turn to more natural methods without hormone, the diaphragm causes a revival of In short, the diaphragm is a cup of latex or silicone that the woman will place in her vagina, in contact with the cervix, to prevent the passage of sperm.For maximum efficiency, it must to be used in combination with spermicides.
The diaphragm: for women comfortable with their bodies
To be effective, the diaphragm must be properly installed in the vagina in contact with the cervix. This requires knowing your anatomy and being comfortable with the idea of inserting not only your fingers into your vagina but also a foreign body. If this is not your case, it is better to consider another method of contraception. Effective at 94.1% when properly used, its efficiency drops to 88%, mainly due to handling errors.
The implementation of the diaphragm step by step
Using a diaphragm can not be improvised. Ask a health care professional who is familiar with this method to guide you, not only for placement, but also to determine the size needed (even if there are now single-size diaphragms). The placement is done in three steps: First, coat the edge and dome of the diaphragm with spermicides, much like with a menstrual cup, then insert the diaphragm by folding it into the vagina. Then finish pushing it until the dome covers the cervix properly. Feeling clumsy the first time is absolutely normal. Trust you!
The essential association with a spermicide
To be fully effective, the diaphragm must be used in combination with spermicides that will inactivate or completely kill sperm.
Efficiency of the diaphragm: a question of timing
The diaphragm should be placed in the vagina at the time of intercourse, and up to two hours before. It must then remain in place for 8 hours after the report and be removed within 24 hours after the report.
The advantages and disadvantages of the diaphragm
The advantages of the diaphragm are numerous: it is not only reusable but also inexpensive. We must add to the price of the diaphragm that of spermicides! It is an effective method of contraception when it is well used and it is 100% hormone free and therefore without side effects.
Side disadvantages, the main is that of his manipulation that can be tricky and put off some women.
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