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If I use the diaphragm without spermicide, will it work at all?

Yes, but using a diaphragm without spermicide will reduce its effectiveness. Studies are now under way to assess the effectiveness of using the diaphragm alone to prevent some STIs. If you do not have spermicide, it is advisable to use another method, such as condoms, or have emergency contraceptive pills on hand.

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How long do I need to keep a diaphragm in place?
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