There are various ways for a woman to stop herself from getting pregnant. The only 100% full proof way is to go for abstinence, but this is something most adults would not be overly pleased with. Instead, men and women alike opt for a range of different contraceptive methods, with one of the least popular ones being the diaphragm. The diaphragm is not unpopular because it is ineffective (it is just as effective as any other type), but rather because it requires insertion and removing all the time.
The question of how safe the use of a diaphragm is can be quite complicated. It all depends on whether it is used properly. If used properly, it is as safe as any other form of contraceptive, but the potential for human error is very large.
Information about the Diaphragm
• The effectiveness of the diaphragm is between 92 and 96%.
• There are no health risks associated with using this form of contraceptive.
• You have to remember to put the diaphragm in vagina before having sex, and you have to leave it there for at least six hours after sex.
• You can insert the diaphragm several hours before sex.
• Learning how to use the diaphragm can take some time.
• Some women seem to be more prone to cystitis when they use this form of contraceptive. If this happens to you, it may be because you have one that is the wrong size.
• A diaphragm DOES NOT protect against STD (Sexually Transmitted Diseases), so you do still have to wear a condom as well.
Pros and Cons of the Diaphragm
The pros of the diaphragm are quite clear:
• You only have to wear it when you have sex.
• You can put it in some time before sex (each dose of spermicide lasts three hours, so do be aware of that), if you don’t want your partner to see you insert it.
• There are no known health problems or side effects with a well-fitted diaphragm.
• You have full control over your own contraception.
However, there are also some clear disadvantages to using a diaphragm:
• It is slightly less effective as other forms (only by about 1%).
• It leaves itself open to human error, meaning that the effectiveness can actually drop even more if you don’t look after it properly.
• It does not provide protection against sexually transmitted diseases.
• A lot of women struggle with learning how to insert and remove the diaphragm and receiving instructions can be quite invasive.
• Using a diaphragm can interrupt sex, which can be very annoying.
• If the device is not the perfect size, it can cause cystitis.
• Some women notice that they develop irritation from the latex or the spermicide, and male partners have mentioned the same.
When it comes to using the diaphragm birth control is quite good, being on par with other types of contraceptives. However, it is not a recommended contraceptive anymore, because diaphragm use can be very complicated and it takes only a slight bit of human error for it no longer to be effective.