A diaphragm is a birth control device that blocks sperm from
fertilizing an egg. It is made of rubber and shaped like a dome. It fits inside
a woman's vagina and covers the
cervix (the opening of the uterus); a firm, flexible
rim keeps it in place. A diaphragm is always used with a sperm-killing cream or
jelly (spermicide) to prevent pregnancy.
With good care, a diaphragm
should last 1 to 2 years. You should be refitted for a diaphragm if you gain or
lose a lot of weight, have abdominal surgery, or have a baby.
May 3, 2012
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
& Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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