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What is a diaphragm?

A diaphragm is a form of birth control used by women. A diaphragm is made of flexible rubber and shaped like a dome. The diaphragm is inserted into the vagina (up to six hours before sex), where it covers the cervix at bottom of the uterus where it opens into the vagina. A product called spermicide, which destroys sperm, is used with the diaphragm. Spermicide destroys sperm. The diaphragm size must be determined by a doctor or nurse. DA diaphragm requires a prescription.

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How can a diaphragm prevent pregnancy?
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The diaphragm is a shallow, dome-shaped, soft rubber cup that fits securely in the vagina to cover t...
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What are the advantages of using a diaphragm?
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Advantages of using diaphragm are as given below:Can be inserted up to six hours before sexMay help ...
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Is it okay to leave a diaphragm in my vagina all day?
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How long do I need to keep a diaphragm in place?
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You can insert a diaphragm up to six hours before you have sex. (However, apply spermicide no mo...
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