A diaphragm is a flexible rubber cup that is filled with spermicide and self-inserted over the cervix prior to intercourse. The device is left in place several hours after intercourse. The diaphragm is a prescribed device fitted by a health care professional and is more expensive than other barrier methods such as condoms.
Update Date: 9/14/2006
Updated by: J. Gordon Lambert, MD, Associate Medical Director; G. Eric Morgan, MS3; RxRemedy and A.D.A.M. Medical Illustration Team.
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