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Birth Control Options: The Diaphragm & Cap

What it is:
The diaphragm is a soft rubber dome with a flexible rim that covers the cervix. The cervical cap is a thimble-shaped device that fits snugly on the surface of the cervix.

What they do:
Both reusable birth-control devices block sperm from entering the uterus, but should be used along with a spermicide (nonprescription, nonhormonal chemical foams, creams, gels, suppositories, and films containing the active ingredient nonoxynol-9 or octoxynol-9). The diaphragm can be inserted up to six hours before intercourse and should remain in place for six to eight hours after intercourse, but it should never be kept in place any longer than 24 hours. The cervical cap can be left in place for up to 48 hours.

Pros:
These devices are easy to insert and remove for most women. Proper fit of either device is important. Wearing these devices doesn't interfere with your regular cycle or fertility, and both are reusable and cannot be felt by either partner.

Cons:
Sometimes diaphragms and cervical caps can slip or dislodge during intercourse. Also, they are sometimes difficult to remove from the vagina. To ensure proper coverage, the device should be carefully examined before each use to be sure it is not punctured or torn. About 10 percent of women can't use the cervical cap because they have an irregularly shaped cervix.

Women using the diaphragm may develop frequent urinary tract infections. Also, some women and men experience allergic reactions to certain spermicides, rubber, or latex. Consult a health-care professional if you develop any symptoms like a rash, respiratory distress, or swelling.

Protects against STDs?
No

Prescription needed?
No

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