What are disadvantages of using a diaphragm for contraception?

Updated: Dec 10, 2018
  • Author: Frances E Casey, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Richard Scott Lucidi, MD, FACOG  more...
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Prolonged use during multiple acts of intercourse may increase the risk of urinary tract infections. Usage for longer than 24 hours is not recommended due to the possible risk of toxic shock syndrome (TSS). The diaphragm requires professional fitting. Poorly fitted diaphragms may cause vaginal erosions. Diaphragms have a high failure rate. Use of a diaphragm requires brief, formal training. The diaphragm may develop an odor if not properly cleansed.


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