A diaphragm is a shallow, silicone dome-shaped cup with a flexible rim that is inserted into the vagina to cover the cervix and prevent pregnancy during intercourse by keeping sperm from fertilizing the egg. It is a barrier method of contraception. Although the diaphragm was one of the most popular forms of birth control for the better part of the last century, many women don’t know a lot about it today. Those who DO know about it may be curious, although they may not be used to the thought of insertion and use.
However, if the numerous side effects from other methods of contraception have you still desperately searching for the perfect birth control method that keeps YOU in control instead of relying on your partner, here are 7 reasons why the
It is designed to comfortably fit the female anatomy. According to guttmacher.org, the diaphragm was invented in 1842, and by the 1930’s, it was the most frequently prescribed form of birth control in America. However, it had been invented and designed by men. Today, the Caya® diaphragm is available for women. This new diaphragm style has been tested by real women who have given their feedback from their experience to help make the shape and design the most comfortable it can be. It has a nylon ring rim, replacing the old metal design, and the rim on the new design is contoured for easy insertion and removal.
It allows for spontaneity. You can put it in any time before having sex, as long as it isn’t left in place for more than 24 hours at a time. All you have to do is apply spermicide when you’re ready to have intercourse for it to be effective.
It is safe and reliable. It puts YOU in control of your protection method, which means you don’t have to rely on your partner to be prepared. The diaphragm fits in a small container you can slide into your purse and use whenever you’re ready.
The new design fits a broad range of women. The new Caya® diaphragm was developed to fit most women as a single size. Women fitted with older diaphragms from 65mm to 80mm will have a great fit with the newer product (this includes about 80% of all women). With the diaphragm’s new design, fitting by a clinician is optional based on a woman’s history using diaphragms. All clinicians are pleased to assist with fitting and insertion of this new diaphragm, and your healthcare provider can provide you with a test unit.
There are no side effects. Hormonal birth control can cause many side effects, which can range from inconvenient to serious for your physical and mental health. They can also affect your menstrual cycle. The diaphragm has no short or long term side effects, which means your hormones won’t be affected, and if you decide you want to get pregnant, you will not have a waiting period of “coming off” your birth control when you stop using the diaphragm.
It lasts up to two years. Long term or daily birth control can be an inconvenient and pricy option (especially for women who don’t have sex often). The reusability makes the diaphragm one of the most economical birth control options available for women today. It is reusable for up to two years, so all you have to do is wash it after each use and it’s ready to go for the next time!
It is easy to insert and remove. The advanced design of the new diaphragm has been developed for ease of use, both with insertion and removal. On the Caya® diaphragm, “grip dimples” help a woman handle the diaphragm during insertion, and a finger dome helps with removal so chances are it won’t be any more complicated than a condom (a barrier method many are more familiar with).
Your mom, and probably HER mom, have been using diaphragms for the better part of a century. Since there have been nearly 200 prototype designs spanning six device generations to meet the objectives of what women want from their diaphragm, it is safe to say that the diaphragm isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. You can visit our website to see exactly how the Caya® diaphragm works, then talk to your healthcare provider to find out if it is the right option for you.