How Do I Take Care of My Diaphragm?
If you take good care of your diaphragm, it may last about two years. Taking care of the diaphragm is simple.
- After you remove the diaphragm, wash it with mild soap and warm water.
- Allow it to air dry.
- Do not use any powders on the diaphragm — they can cause infections.
- Do not use oil-based lubricants — such as Vaseline or cold cream — with your diaphragm. They can damage silicone.
Be sure to examine the diaphragm regularly. You can look for small holes or weak spots by holding it up to the light. If there is a hole or weak spot, light will shine through the diaphragm. You can also fill the cup of the diaphragm with water and look for leaks.
Diaphragms can still be used if the silicone becomes discolored. But if the silicone develops cracks or holes it has become too thin.
Stop using your diaphragm if you find that it has holes, weak spots, cracks, or wrinkles. Talk to your health care provider about getting a replacement. In the meanwhile, use another form of birth control, such as a condom, female condom, or sponge.