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Goals

Section 1
Section 2

- Information
- Objectives
- Male Condom
- Properties
- Latex
- Plastic
- Correct Use
- Breakage
- Behaviors
- Cautions
- Protection
- Female
- Characteristics
- Use
- Spermicides
- Characteristics
- Correct Use
- Preferences
- Diaphragm
- Characteristics
> Considerations
- Correct Use
- Fitting
- Follow-up
- Sponge
- New Methods

Section 3

Summary

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Section 2 - Method Information

Considerations for Potential Users of the Diaphragm
and Cervical Cap

Not recommended for women:

  • with cervical or vaginal abnormalities
  • during first 6 weeks after childbirth

Usually not recommended for women:

  • with allergy to latex or spermicides
  • with history of toxic shock syndrome

Source: WHO, 1996.
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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.

 

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