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You can insert a diaphragm up to six hours before you have sex. (However, apply spermicide no more than two hours before sex.) You should leave a diaphragm in place for at least six hours after sex. Don't leave a diaphragm in place for more than 24 hours, however. Wash a diaphragm with mild soap. Be sure to rinse it very well after washing. After allowing it to air dry, store the diaphragm in its case.
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