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Is the DIAPHRAGM the right method for you?

How it works:

  • The diaphragm fits over the women's cervix to prevent sperm from reaching her egg.
  • It is used with a jelly or cream that kills the man's sperm.
  • The diaphragm works only if it is used every time you have sex.
  • The diaphragm may help PREVENT AIDS and other STD's.

What you should know:

  • It causes few health problems.
  • It can be put in up to 6 hours before having sex.

A few of the complaints about diaphragms:

  • You must go to a clinic to be fitted.
  • May cause bladder infections.
  • It may irritate the penis or vagina.
How does the DIAPHRAGM compare with the effectiveness of other forms of birth control?

Women out of 100 that got pregnant using the methods below

Abstinence No women
Depo Provera Shots 1 out of 100
Sterilization 1 out of 100
Contraceptive Patch 1 out of 100
IUD 2 out of 100
Vaginal Ring 2 out of 100
The Pill 3 out of 100
Male Condom 12 out of 100
Spermicide 16-21 out of 100
Diaphragm 18 out of 100
NFP/FAM 20 out of 100
Female Condom 21 out of 100
No Method 85 out of 100
Department of Public Health
Family Planning
3900 Sherman Way - Suite J - Riverside, CA 92503
(951)358-5192 or Email: