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What are the advantages of using a diaphragm?

Advantages of using diaphragm are as given below:

  • Can be inserted up to six hours before sex
  • May help you know your body better
  • Does not affect menstrual cycles
  • Provides some protection against most reproductive tract infections
  • Can be used during menstruation to contain flow during intercourse
  • Has minimal side effects
  • Its use is controlled by you
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