I’m a fun girl. I just like to go and crash parties. I follow a lot of events and I find a lot of free activities to do in the city. With my life being as spontaneous as it is, I haven’t committed to any one method of birth control, like a ring or birth control pills or anything. I just use my diaphragm, because it’s spontaneous like me. I can have it when I need it. It’s easy to use, and it’s like no commitment. The appointment to get my diaphragm was scheduled by my gynecologist. I had it at the time where I was having my annual Pap smear. She told me how to put it in. She gave me pamphlets, and I left there feeling real confident about what it did and how to use it. The things I like the most about the diaphragm is that it’s easy to use, it’s undetectable, and it’s reliable. You have to be clever using the diaphragm when you’re in the heat of the moment. I’m in a new relationship, and there are things about my personal life, being my – mostly being my birth control that I’m not ready to expose yet. I think that my choice of birth control is, as anyone’s, is personal, and my business is just that – my business. I don’t care to explain it to you how it works, the efficacy or anything like that. My business is my business. I’m Nicole. My primary method for birth control is the diaphragm. As a backup, I use male and female condoms.
Nicole, 21, Diaphragm
I use the diaphragm—it's spontaneous like me.
Nicole sums up the perks of her diaphragm like this: it’s easy to use, undetectable, and reliable. She likes that it’s there when she needs it, but there’s no long-term commitment.
Even though the diaphragm is easy to hide once it’s in—and it’s important to Nicole that her choice of birth control stays private—at some point it has to be inserted. If Nicole’s already in the heat of the moment, she just has to be “clever” to secretly get it in there.
When it’s necessary, Nicole doesn’t mind using a back-up method that’s harder to hide. She also uses male and female condoms—the only methods to prevent the spread of STIs.