What is the Diaphragm Birth Control Method?
A diaphragm is a small silicone cup that fits inside the vagina during sexual intercourse, in order to stop the flow of semen to the cervix where the eggs are located. It is typically used with a spermicidal cream, foam or jelly in order to actually kill the sperm in the semen as it enters a woman’s vagina, in order to afford more protection.
The diaphragm is available by prescription only; a doctor will need to examine you and then prescribe the right size for your body. He or she will also give you instructions on how to insert the diaphragm and then remove it, and how to care for it as well. You then get your diaphragm from a pharmacy and will insert it yourself before sex. The diaphragm is not meant to be worn for long periods of time; it should be removed and cleaned regularly after sexual activity.
Using the diaphragm is very easy for most women and they are typically comfortable to use, even daily. They do not interfere with sexual activity except for being inserted, or if they need to be adjusted during intercourse. They have few if any side effects and most will last for a year if not longer.
If you have questions about the diaphragm and its use, or about any method of birth control and your sexual health in general, do not hesitate to speak to your doctor. He or she will advise you on the best method for you and the risks and side effects of their use.