A silicone cup that prevents pregnancy.5.478260869565218Diaphragm
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The diaphragm is easy to use, but needs to be inserted into the vagina correctly. It's most effective (and recommended) when used with a spermicide, which can be irritating and messy.
What’s the failure rate?
of people using this method got pregnant in a year
This method is ranked 10 out of 17 birth control methods listed. The lower the number, the better.SourceMore birth control methods
- Can be inserted right before sex, or up to 18 hours beforehand (won't interrupt the heat of the moment!).
- Very simple to use, and safe for most women.
- Doesn't contain hormones, which some women prefer.
- Usually inexpensive, and can be used for up to 2 years.
- You can get one easily OTC or online with a prescription. Your health provider might even have them in stock.
- Can be left in for 24 hours – and you can have sex as many times as you want in that time frame.
- Requires a prescription, and sometimes a fitting (depending on which diaphragm you get) that can cost up to $200 without insurance.
- Not recommended for use during your period – best to use another method of birth control around this time.
- Might take some practice to insert and remove it correctly.
- Must be left inside the vagina for 6 hours after sex in order for it to work.
- You have to be comfortable with your body since you insert and take it out on your own.
- Best when used with a spermicide, which can irritate some women's vaginas or cause urinary tract infections.
- Doesn't protect against STDs.