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Diaphragm: Side Effects, Benefits and FAQs

Side Effects

The Positive

  • 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

The Negative

  • 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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