GENERIC NAME: DIAPHRAGM (DYE-uh-fram)
BRAND NAME(S): Koro-Flex, Koromex, Ortho-Diaphragm
HOW TO USE: To be most effective, the diaphragm is used with a spermicide contraceptive as directed. Practice inserting and removing the diaphragm in the doctor's office to learn proper placement. Prior to sexual intercourse, place the proper amount of spermicide into the diaphragm and spread some around the outer ring. Insert the diaphragm into the vagina to cover the cervix. The diaphragm and spermicide should remain in place for 6-8 hours after the last act of intercourse (time is dependent upon the product information for the spermicide). The diaphragm should be removed as soon as possible after this time period. The diaphragm should not be worn continuously for more than 24 hours. If additional spermicide is required while the diaphragm is worn, the diaphragm should not be removed to apply the spermicide. Wash the diaphragm using warm, soapy water. Dry it and hold it to the light to check for any holes or tears. Place the diaphragm in the case for proper storage. A diaphragm must be refitted after childbirth and should be checked at every annual pelvic exam.
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