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What is a diaphragm for birth control?

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A diaphragm is a small, flexible cup made of silicone or latex that goes inside the vagina to block sperm from reaching an egg. It has very few risks and can be up to 94% effective.

SOURCES:

Allen, R. , January 2004. American Family Physician

FDA: “Birth Control: Medicines to Help You.”

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Barrier Methods of Birth Control: Diaphragm, Sponge, Cervical Cap and Condom.”

Planned Parenthood: “Diaphragm.”

FDA: “Birth Control Guide.”

National Institutes of Health: “What Are the Different Types of Contraception?”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Birth Control: How to Use Your Diaphragm.”

Planned Parenthood: “Spermicide.”

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: “Diaphragm.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on December 04, 2017

SOURCES:

Allen, R. , January 2004. American Family Physician

FDA: “Birth Control: Medicines to Help You.”

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Barrier Methods of Birth Control: Diaphragm, Sponge, Cervical Cap and Condom.”

Planned Parenthood: “Diaphragm.”

FDA: “Birth Control Guide.”

National Institutes of Health: “What Are the Different Types of Contraception?”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Birth Control: How to Use Your Diaphragm.”

Planned Parenthood: “Spermicide.”

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: “Diaphragm.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on December 04, 2017

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