Diaphragms are barrier contraceptives used by females during sex for birth control.
Diaphragms(Ortho Diaphragm) come with an information leaflet. Read it carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist any questions that you may have about the proper use of the diaphragm. To be effective, the diaphragm is used with a spermicide contraceptive as directed. Prior to sexual intercourse, place the proper amount of spermicide into the diaphragm and spread some around the outer ring. the diaphragm into the vagina to cover the cervix. The diaphragm and spermicide should remain in place for 6 hours after intercourse. The diaphragm should be removed as soon as possible after this time period. If additional spermicide is required while the diaphragm is worn, the diaphragm should not be removed to apply the spermicide. The diaphragm should not be worn continuously for more than 24 hours. Wash the diaphragm using warm, soapy water. Dry it and hold it to the light to check for any holes or tears. Store the diaphragm in the case provided away from heat.
No common side effects occur with the proper use of diaphragms. Spermicides may cause irritation or burning. If this occurs, contact your doctor. Contact your doctor as soon as possible if you experience painful or frequent urination, blood in the urine, fever, or blood on the diaphragm at times other than menstruation. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience sudden high fever (usually 102 degrees f or more), vomiting, diarrhea, fainting or near fainting when standing up, dizziness, or a rash that looks like sunburn following use of the diaphragm. If you notice any unusual effect, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
Always wash hands prior to ing and removing the diaphragm. This decreases the chance of infection. Do not use petroleum jelly (vaseline) with the diaphragm. Petroleum can weaken latex causing tears and leaks. A diaphragm must be refitted after childbirth, if you gain or lose 10 pounds, and should be checked at every annual pelvic exam.
In case of accidental ingestion, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Practice ing and removing the diaphragm in the doctor's office to learn proper placement. Keep this product out of the reach of children.
The above information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that the use of the product is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your
healthcare professional before taking the product.
Drug interactions can result in unwanted side effects or prevent a medicine from doing its job.