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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

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What can cause the area around your diaphragm to hurt?

What can cause the area around your diaphragm to hurt?

Many possible causes: If you have sharp pain when you take a deep breath, you may have pleuritic chest pain. Some of the more common causes of this type of discomfort include pleurisy, or an inflammation of the lining of the lung, which may be caused by a viral infection. You may also have a musculoskeletal cause for your discomfort, such as inflammation of components of the rib cage (costochondritis). Hard to be sure. ...Read more

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Please suggest what type of tissue makes up the diaphragm?

Please suggest what type of tissue makes up the diaphragm?

Mostly muscle: The diaphragm is a muscle. Like other muscles (like your biceps) it also has nerves and blood vessels, tendons, and connective tissue. ...Read more

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My baby was born without a diaphragm. I don't know what to do?

My baby was born without a diaphragm. I don't know what to do?

CDH: Congenital diaphragmatic hernia - the name of disease that your baby has. The problem needs to be taken care of at the tertiaty care facility which has nicu level iiic-iv. Such hospitals have an experienced surgeon who will perform the evaluation of the hole in the diaphragm (how big it is) and a possible fixation of the problem. Your baby needs to be referred to the closest center immediately. ...Read more

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Why does my diaphragm get inflamed so easily? Things like: reaching upward; lifting more than 10 pounds; leaning back cause diaphragm pain

Why does my diaphragm get inflamed so easily? Things like: reaching upward; lifting more than 10 pounds; leaning back cause diaphragm pain

Pain: How do you know it is your diaphragm? I doubt you are feeling any pain there. It is more likely your abdominal muscles that are stretching and causing discomfort. Perhaps you have a tear in the sheath covering the muscles or an abdominal hernia. If the pain persists see your doctor. ...Read more

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Hi I have little pain in my right diaphragm I would like to know why does this happen and wich tests I should do is not much pain I need your advice.

Hi I have little pain in my right diaphragm I would like to know why does this happen and wich tests I should do is not much pain I need your advice.

RUQ pain: Are you sure it's your diaphragm? Do you get a lot of hiccups? do heavy lifting? If you get the pain after meals, especially heavy meals or get pain under your right shoulder blade, this may be related to your Gallbladder. Go see your Dr. You need labs and an abdominal u/s. Feel Better Soon ...Read more

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I have pain in the middle of my back and right around my diaphragm which has lasted about a week. What are potential causes of this? Is this somethi

Many problems could: Well, you need to see your doctor. Looking at your age and the fact that you did not describe any relationship to your periods it is likely caused by urinary problems, a kidney stone for example. Also problems with stomach or pancreas can cause it. ...Read more

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Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes the diaphragm to become paralyzed?

Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes the diaphragm to become paralyzed?

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. ...Read more

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Do all diaphragms work the same?

Yes: Diaphragms come in different sizes and have to be fitted by your doctor. ...Read more

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How to breathe from your diaphragm?

How to breathe from your diaphragm?

Breath down...: Diaphragm is big muscle between chest and abdomen. Helps us breath. Singers breath more to upper chest and dancers low under diaphragm " to the belly" It helps strengthen core for balance. If you relax and place your hand over stomach- try relax shoulder - deep breath by nose as pushing against your hand. You should feel muscle extending and strengthening. Excellent exercise. Try dance' (Tango) ...Read more

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How does your diaphragm help you breathe?

How does your diaphragm help you breathe?

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. ...Read more

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What can I do for a paralysed diaphragm?

What can I do for a paralysed diaphragm?

paralysed diaphragm: Unilateral paralysis is either left untreated or treated surgically with plication if symptomatic.
Severe, bliateral paralysis requires the patient to be placed on a ventilator.
If you are not symtomatic, you don't need to do anything. ...Read more

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Why do I have pain on diaphragm when I cough?

Why do I have pain on diaphragm when I cough?

Cough: Hard to tell from your symptoms. You should see your doctor to check it out ...Read more

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Can I use an old diaphragm instead of a pessary?

Can I use an old diaphragm instead of a pessary?

Pessary: No. The diaphragm is not designed to hold the pelvic organs in place. ...Read more