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USES: This barrier device is used to prevent pregnancy.

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This barrier device is used to prevent pregnancy.
  • Diaphragms, when used as directed with a spermicidal cream or gel, are 80 to 98% effective in preventing pregnancy.
  • Refer to the instructions provided for proper use of a spermicide.

  • Store the diaphragm in the case provided away from heat.

How To Use
  • HOW TO USE: To be most effective, the diaphragm is used with a spermicide contraceptive as directed.
  • Practice inserting and removing the diaphragm in the doctor's office to learn proper placement.
  • Prior to sexual intercourse, place the proper amount of spermicide into the diaphragm and spread some around the outer ring.
  • Insert the diaphragm into the vagina to cover the cervix.
  • The diaphragm and spermicide should remain in place for 6-8 hours after the last act of intercourse (time is dependent upon the product information for the spermicide).
  • The diaphragm should be removed as soon as possible after this time period.
  • The diaphragm should not be worn continuously for more than 24 hours.
  • If additional spermicide is required while the diaphragm is worn, the diaphragm should not be removed to apply the spermicide.
  • Wash the diaphragm using warm, soapy water.
  • Dry it and hold it to the light to check for any holes or tears.
  • Place the diaphragm in the case for proper storage.
  • A diaphragm must be refitted after childbirth and should be checked at every annual pelvic exam.

Side Effects
  • There are no side effects associated with proper use of the diaphragm.
  • Spermicides may cause irritation or burning.
  • If this occurs, contact your doctor.

  • Avoid the use of petroleum jelly with the diaphragm.
  • Petroleum can weaken latex causing tears and leaks.

Drug Interactions
  • Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription drugs you may use.
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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