To wash a shield, cap, or diaphragm, simply rinse it in soapy water for two minutes. Wait for it to air-dry. You will then want to put it in its storage pouch or container to keep it clean.
Do not use powders or creams with your shield, cap, or diaphragm.
You will want to check for wear and tear when you use a barrier-based method of birth control (see Barrier-based control methods). Take your cap or diaphragm and fill it with water to see if it leaks. If it leaks, you will need to buy a new one immediately.
Look at the material. Discoloration is normal, and the shield, cap, or diaphragm can still be used if it is discoloured. However, if the material is puckered in any places, then it should be replaced.
Hold your cap, shield, or diaphragm up to the light to look for imperfections.
If you decided that you need to get a new cap or diaphragm, consider getting resized for your new one to make sure that you are using the correct size. If you learn from this article, you’ll surely be interested in learning on how to know when you’re ovulating.
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