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Are diaphragms safe method of birth control?

Are diaphragms safe method of birth control?

Depends : It depends on what you mean by "safe"--using a diaphragm causes no hormonal side effects, but has a higher risk of pregnancy, and pregnancy has lots of side effects. For 100 typical couples relying on a diaphragm for birth control, 12 will be pregnant by the end of a year. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more


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Why don't more people use diaphragms for birth control?

Why don't more people use diaphragms for birth control?

Personal choice: Diaphragms, used properly, can be effective but require successful technique for insertion and the use of somewhat messy gels for the best effect. These are extra steps and not always readily available. Pills are not messy, easy to use, and always working. This is an easier although more expensive alternative. Most take the easy route. ...Read more

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Why have diaphragms become such an unpopular from of women's birth control?

Why have diaphragms become such an unpopular from of women's birth control?

Failure rate: Compared to hormonal birth control, intra uterine devices or tubal ligation over the age of 35 diaphragms carry a high risk of failure. The may work for a disciplined couple who wouldn't mind a pregnancy. ...Read more

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Birth control; side effects vs diaphragm?

Birth control; side effects vs diaphragm?

Side effects: I assume that you mean bcp's compared to a diaphragm. Bcp side effects are related to the hormones that they contain. The side effects of a diaphragm can include allergy to the contraceptive jell and pregnancy do to either misplacement or forgetting to insert it. ...Read more

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Docs, what's an affective natural birth control besides pills or artificial tools like diaphragms, implants, condoms )?

Docs, what's an affective natural birth control besides pills or artificial tools like diaphragms, implants, condoms )?

There isn't: In spite of what anybody else may tell you, there's no reliable "natural" birth control. To risk an unwanted pregnancy is to gamble, for no reason, with three lives. "Natural" isn't better -- if for some reason someone is trying to sell you "natural healing", go to an old graveyard and see how long people used to live. Be discerning and don't risk becoming an unwanted parent. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more


Diaphragm (Definition)

This muscle separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity and expands and contracts to assist the intercostal muscles in breathing. (a diaphragm is also a birth control device ...Read more