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Diaphragm (Overview)

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 inserted in the vagina).


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How can I remove the diaphragm?

How can I remove the diaphragm?

Pull it out: Diaphragms are easily removed by hooking your finger under the edge of the diaphragm and pulling it out. ...Read more

Diaphragm (Overview)

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 inserted in the vagina).


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How should I use the diaphragm?

How should I use the diaphragm?

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. ...Read more

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Tearing pain in diaphragm left side?

Tearing pain in diaphragm left side?

See a doctor: If the pain is that severe see your doctor asap or go to the emergency room. There can numerous causes, some of which can be a medial emergency. ...Read more

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When should you remove the diaphragm?

When should you remove the diaphragm?

8 hrs: Leave the diaphragm in for 8 hours after intercourse. If you have sex again before the 8 hours is up, do not remove the diaphragm, but add more of the spermicidal jelly into the vagina. ...Read more

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Do I ever need to refit the diaphragm?

Do I ever need to refit the diaphragm?

Yes: In general after every pregnancy and if there is a substantial weight change. One might consider more effective alternatives as methods such as this which require patient participation are among the less reliable ones. In addition, there is some data to suggest that bladder infections may be more common in diaphragm users. ...Read more

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How does a diaphragm work in the body?

How does a diaphragm work in the body?

As a barrier: The diaphragm acts as a barrier to prevent sperm from getting into the uterus and joining with eggs to prevent pregnancy. Diaphragms should be used with a spermacide gel or cream to make them more effective. ...Read more

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How should I take care of the diaphragm?

How should I take care of the diaphragm?

Mild soap & Water: Generally washing with a pure soap (no fragrance) is enough. Periodically you can soak in alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to give it a good cleaning, maybe monthly. ...Read more

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Why does food get stuck in my diaphragm?

Why does food get stuck in my diaphragm?

Hiatal hernia: Technically it is not stuck in your diaphragm but feels stuck in your diaphragm area...You could have reflux or narrowing of the esophagus or a hiatal hernia. I have had lots of success with acupuncture and chinese medicine getting food to move and digest. If you are in chronic discomfort then see your md as well. ...Read more

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When do you need to get a new diaphragm?

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). ...Read more

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What are some advantages of the diaphragm?

What are some advantages of the diaphragm?

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. ...Read more

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What are some disadvantages of using the diaphragm?

Convenience: The major disadvantage of the diaphragm is the inconvenience of having to puut it in before sexual activity. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: diaphragm?

What is the definition or description of: diaphragm?

Breathing muscle: 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 inserted in the vagina). ...Read more

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How much time before sex should I put my diaphragm in ?

How much time before sex should I put my diaphragm in ?

Up to 6 hours prior to intercourse: Timing of placement Place up to 6 hours prior to intercourse Must remain in place for at least 6 hours after sex Do not leave in place longer than 24 hours Do not douche while device inserted ...Read more