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Diaphragms are not widely available in Canada. Buying the necessary spermicidal jelly to use with the diaphragm is difficult.
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 or silicone 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.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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?
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: June 16, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Rebecca Sue Uranga
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