Diaphragms, caps, and shields are ideal for women who are unable to take birth control. They are also good for women who forget to take birth control.
Women who allergic to spermicide should not use these methods, because all of these methods are recommended to use with spermicide. However, just because you are allergic to one type of spermicide does not mean you are allergic to all of them. You might be able to find one that does not irritate you. Women who are allergic to latex should not use a diaphragm. Women are allergic to silicone should not use Lea’s Shield or FemCap.
Women who have recently had an abortion or miscarriage should not use these methods until they get a clinician’s approval. After childbirth, wait six weeks before using a diaphragm or Lea’s Shield, and wait eight weeks before using FemCap.
Women need to be sized to use FemCap or diaphragms to make sure they have the correct size.
You cannot use a diaphragm, cap, or shield while you have your period.
You cannot use a diaphragm, cap, or shield if you have a sagging uterus or vaginal obstructions.
You should consider an alternative method of birth control if you have a history of toxic shock syndrome (TSS), or if you have recurring bladder or yeast infections. (Learn how to get rid of yeast infections)
You might not be able to use a diaphragm or a cap if you have poor vaginal muscle tone.
If you do not feel comfortable touching yourself, then choosing another method of birth control is probably wise. (More tips on how to choose a birth control method)
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