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A 37-year-old member asked:

help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes the diaphragm to become paralyzed?

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Dr. Donald Thomas
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Many things: Common reasons for paralysis of the diaphragm include interruption of the phrenic nerve due to trauma, invasion by tumor and vascular compression. Additional reasons include neurological diseases like ALS and ms as well as strokes.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

How do I know if i've correctly placed my diaphragm?

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Dr. Amy Herold
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Shouldn't feel it: A diaphragm should fit so that is completely covers the cervix and tucks (witch hazel) behind the pubic bone. You shouldn't feel your diaphragm if it is correctly placed. This includes after squatting, sitting, or walking around. If it slips doing any of these things it is not correctly placed.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How should I take care of the diaphragm?

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Dr. Raj Syal
Dr. Raj Syal answered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 33 years experience
Wash after use: Wash after use and inspect for holes.
Dr. Caryl Mussenden
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Can hold up to the light to look for holes more easily
Nov 18, 2011
A 39-year-old member asked:

How should I use the diaphragm?

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Dr. Robert Phillips
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Before intercourse: Use contraceptive jelly inside the diaphragm and around the rim. Place it before intercourse and leave it in until 6 hours after. Use more jelly in the vagina if you get inspired and have intercourse again but don't remove it to refresh the jelly. Take it out in the morning if you fall asleep.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What are some disadvantages of using the diaphragm?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Convenience: The major disadvantage of the diaphragm is the inconvenience of having to puut it in before sexual activity.
A 39-year-old member asked:

When do you need to get a new diaphragm?

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Dr. Robert Phillips
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
When well used: When it is a couple years old, looks weathered, yellow or cracking. If it has dried up in a drawer for a couple years or if you left in your car in phoenix today(116 degrees).

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