Diaphragm and Cap
A diaphragm or cap is a circular dome made of thin, soft latex (rubber) or silicone. The dome is inserted into the vagina before sex. A cap is a smaller version of the diaphragm.
It is good for young people to know about the whole range of contraceptives. However diaphragms and caps are better used by women who are older or can’t use hormonal methods, as they can easily be used wrongly.
What else should I know?
> It can take time to learn how to use them. Some women develop cystitis when they use diaphragms. Your doctor or nurse can check the size (switching to a smaller size may help).
> If you lose or gain more than 3kg (7lbs) in weight, have a baby, miscarriage or termination, you may need to be fitted with a new diaphragm or cap.
By using condoms as well as other contraception, you'll help to protect yourself against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).