Not recommended for women:
- with cervical or vaginal abnormalities
- during first 6 weeks after childbirth
Usually not recommended for
- with allergy to latex or spermicides
- with history of toxic shock syndrome
Source: WHO, 1996.
According to World Health Organization guidelines, these devices
should not be used by women with cervical or vaginal abnormalities
because they may not fit properly. After childbirth, women should
wait at least six weeks to be fitted or refitted for a diaphragm
or cap, so that the cervix can return to its normal size.
Women with an allergy to latex or spermicides usually should
not use a cap or diaphragm. Women with a history of toxic shock
syndrome, a very rare but potentially fatal disease caused by
bacteria, should usually use other contraceptive methods.