Diaphragm: Side Effects, Benefits and FAQs
- You can put a diaphragm in hours in advance
- You can have sex as many times as you like while it’s in
- Neither you nor your partner should be able to feel it
- Doesn’t affect your hormones
- Decreases the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease and tubal infertility
- Can be used while breastfeeding
- Some women have a hard time inserting it
- Can cause vaginal irritation
- Some women wind up getting frequent urinary tract infections
- You have to use it every time you have sex, no matter what
- If you’re allergic to spermicide or silicone, you shouldn’t use a diaphragm
- Can get pushed out of place by large penises, heavy thrusting, or certain sexual positions
- You need a prescription
- Hard to remember to use if you’re drunk
How much does a diaphragm cost?
Without insurance, Medicaid, or any other assistance, the diaphragm costs $15-$75 plus the cost of fitting. This method may be free or low-cost for you at The Right Time health centers. With proper care—and if you don’t gain or lose a lot of weight—you can keep your diaphragm for up to ten years, making it a great value.
If you’re on Medicaid, the diaphragm might be free for you. If you have private insurance, it’s probably covered for no more than your copay.
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