With many women seeking hormone free, alternate methods for birth control, the use of contraception devices such as the diaphragm have become increasingly more popular. While some women would say the diaphragm, as a contraceptive device, is rather inconvenient, research has shown this device, when used with a spermicidal, can be more effective at preventing pregnancy than condom use alone.
Diaphragm use is increasingly popular among women due to the low cost associated with use and the ability for women to control the outcome of contraception without the application of hormones as found in The Pill. To properly use the diaphragm, however, women must be educated properly in the fitting and placement so as to reduce the risk for developing infections, such as urinary tract infections, and reducing the risk for developing complications such as toxic shock syndrome.
While the diaphragm does not prevent sexually transmitted diseases, the use of a proper fitting diaphragm, and spermicidal, may provide for some slight reduced risks for STD complications. Therefore, if you are a woman considering forms of contraception, the diaphragm may be effective for not only preventing pregnancy but also for reducing the risk of STD complications.
When visiting with your gynecologist regarding the effectiveness, fitting and use of a diaphragm, it is important to request extended time with the doctor or nurse to ensure your training in placement of the diaphragm is successful. Often, because there is limited time for education and training, a woman will suffer from urinary tract infections and complications associated with diaphragm use simply because she was not familiar with proper placement and fitting.
As part of your diaphragm placement training, be certain you understand the full effectiveness and use of a spermicidal as, often, these are misused and mismanaged, leading to a great risk of unwanted pregnancy or contraction of an STD. Again, diaphragm and spermicidal use are not intended to prevent STD transmission but, with proper use, you may decrease your risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease.
Because the combination of diaphragm and spermicidal has shown to be more effective than condom use, many women are opting for the use of a diaphragm primarily to gain control over their own sexual health, without the use of hormonal based contraception as that found in The Pill. With proper training and education, the diaphragm is becoming increasingly more popular among women in the 21st century. When considering all forms of contraception, be sure to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of diaphragm use, especially when your only other alternative is the use of a condom.