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A 40-year-old member asked:

how does your diaphragm help you breathe?

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Dr. Craig Brown
Specializes in Pulmonology
Diaphragm: The diaphragm is a muscle that separates the respiratory system from the abdomen. It is a muscle that contracts and relaxes. When you inspire, it relaxes. When you expire, it contracts. For the most part, it is an involuntary action, but can be voluntary as well. It is the main muscle associated with respiration.
Dr. David Cooke
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Like a bellows: The diaphragm is a muscle. When it contracts it moves downward creating negative pressure in the lungs and causing air to enter the lungs. When it relaxes, positive pressure is created in the lungs, causing air to be expelled. When part of the diaphragm does not work it is difficult to breathe.

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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 Syalanswered
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 53-year-old member asked:

What are some advantages of the diaphragm?

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Dr. Christopher Sizemore
Obstetrics and Gynecology 16 years experience
Diaphragm: The diaphragm is a good form of barrier contraception. Advantages include: no hormones, effective (90%), reusable, safe, inexpensive, reversible, decreases risk of some sexually transmitted diseases, patient controlled and not an abortifacient.
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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