No. A diaphragm will be specifically fitted by a healthcare provider to ensure it properly fits you. If you are having a diaphragm fitted, you should practice insertion, placement and removal with the healthcare provider. The diaphragm should also be checked every six months by a healthcare provider to make sure it still fits properly.
A pelvic examination by either a physician or a skilled healthcare provider is required for fitting diaphragms. Initially the fitting ring size is estimated by clinical assessment of the vaginal length. Smaller or larger sizes are then inserted until the correct fit is achieved.
Fitting is best done when the bladder is not empty so that the user can test to ensure that urination is easily accomplished with the selected fitting ring in place.
The diaphragm may require resizing following a full-term pregnancy, pelvic surgery, or abortion, or if there is a major change in weight.
The diaphragm can be inserted immediately before or up to six hours before sex.
Yes. Use of the diaphragm during menstruation is possible.
No. A diaphragm should not be removed sooner than six hours after sex. Additional spermicide is required every time you have sex and it should be placed in the vagina with the diaphragm left in place.
Wearing the diaphragm for longer than 24 hours at a time can promote bacterial growth inside the vagina. These bacteria can lead to Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) which is a rare but serious infection.
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Accessed on September 6, 2016