Diaphragms are portable, reusable, and hormone-free. They’re effective right away, and you can get pregnant as soon as you stop using it.

Diaphragms are convenient and give you control.

A diaphragm fits in your pocket or bag — wherever you go, your diaphragm can go with you! Your diaphragm is effective as soon as you start using it, and it’s easy to stop using it, too. If you decide that you want to try to get pregnant, just don’t put your diaphragm in. Easy!

Diaphragms don’t interrupt sex.

You can put your diaphragm in up to 2 hours before you have sex (that's how long the chemicals in spermicide work). Getting your pregnancy protection in place before things get hot and heavy means you don’t have to stop and worry about birth control in the heat of the moment.

Most people and their partners don't feel the diaphragm during sex. And knowing that you're protected from pregnancy can help you relax and enjoy sex more.

Diaphragms don’t have hormones.

Some people prefer non-hormonal birth control, or can’t use methods with hormones because of medical problems — diaphragms can be a good option for them.

Diaphragms last a long time.

Other barriers like condoms and sponges are disposable — you use it once and throw it away. But diaphragms last up to 2 years with proper care, and you can use them over and over.

It’s good to have a doctor or nurse check the fit of your diaphragm after a year, if you gain or lose a lot of weight, or after you’ve been pregnant (whether or not you gave birth).

Diaphragm

  • 88% effective

  • Costs up to $75, but can be $0

  • Prescription required

  • Put it in before sex

A diaphragm won’t protect you from STDs. Use a condom with your diaphragm to help stop pregnancy and STDs.
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