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The information contained on this page is provided as general health information and is not intended to substitute as medical advice and direction from your physician or health care provider. Please direct any questions related to your health care provider. In an emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency center.


The diaphragm

The diaphragm is a reusable flexible rubber cup that is filled with spermicide and self-inserted over the cervix prior to intercourse to prevent pregnancy. The device is left in place several hours after intercourse. The diaphragm is a prescription device fitted by a health care professional. Unlike condoms, the diaphragm does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases.

The diaphragm