A diaphragm is a cervical barrier type of birth control with a spring molded into the rim to create a seal against the walls of the vagina so that sperm does not enter into the fallopian tubes. When used with spermicide, the diaphragm is often considered a more effective type of barrier method birth control than the male condom. Many women prefer the use of a diaphragm for contraception to that of condoms because of feel and because they are in control to make sure that it works properly.
A diaphragm is only considered an effective form of birth control if it works properly. The fit of a diaphragm within the vagina highly affects how well it will perform at preventing pregnancy. All women are differently shaped on the outside, so it should be no surprise that they are all shaped differently on the inside as well. Changes in weight over 10 pounds or more can alter the internal shape of a woman’s reproductive system. Therefore, women who wish to use the barrier method of contraception via a diaphragm should have a diaphragm fitting by their gynecologist.
Doctors and midwives are highly trained and have extensive experience helping women find the perfect fit for their diaphragms. Because vaginal deliveries change the shape of the cervix and vagina, it is always necessary for a woman to be re-fitted for a diaphragm after each vaginal birth. Diaphragms are a highly effective form of contraception when they have a good fit in the vagina and properly cover the cervix uteri. If you wish to use a diaphragm for your choice of contraception, schedule an appointment with your trusted OB/GYN today.
Posted on behalf of Sean Lambert M.D., North Pointe OB/GYN Associates