Diaphragms And Caps

What is it?

A flexible latex or silicone device, put into the vagina to cover the cervix. Diaphragms and Caps

How does the diaphragm or cap work?

It acts as a barrier and stops sperm from entering the uterus and meeting an egg

How to use a diaphragm or cap.

The diaphragm or cap is inserted into the vagina to cover the cervix prior to sex, it is used along with spermicidal cream

How effective are diaphragms and caps?

They are 92% – 96% effective if used according to instructions and with spermicide when you have sex and there are no serious side-effects

What are the advantages of a diaphragm or cap?

It can be put in any time before sex. It does not interrupt sex and you only have to use it when having sex. There are no serious side-effects or health risks. It provides some limited protection from sexually transmitted infections.

What are the disadvantages of diaphragms and caps?

You need to be measured and use the correct size. Extra spermicide is needed if you have sex again. Needs to be left in for 6 hours after sex. Some people can be sensitive to spermicide. Not widely available – contact the sexual health department 01294 323226.

Does the diaphragm or cap protect against Sexually Transmitted Infections?

Diaphragms and Caps may provide some protection from some sexually transmitted infections