What is the Diaphragm?

The diaphragm, a shallow silicone cap is a barrier method of birth control for females. Inserted deep within the vagina, the diaphragm creates a seal against the cervix to prevent sperm from entering the uterus. Spermicidal cream or jelly is applied onto the diaphragm before insertion to immobilize and kill sperm …

An Overview of Birth Control

What Is Birth Control?
The term “birth control” refers to a broad spectrum of methods that partners engaging in sexual activity use to prevent pregnancy. The most common types of birth control are hormonal methods, barrier methods, surgical procedures, withdrawal, and abstinence. In the United States, over 40% of women are using some form of …


What Are Spermicides?
Spermicide is a substance that kills sperm on contact. Spermicides are available in a variety of different forms including creams, gels, foams, suppositories and films.1 Spermicides are inserted deep into the vagina, near the cervix, with a plastic syringe applicator, or they are inserted with a diaphragm, cervical cap, or contraceptive …

The Catholic Church and Contraception

Historically, the Catholic Church and contraception have had a contentious relationship. As early as the second century, the Church took the firm position that the use of contraception—as well as the act of engaging in any form of recreational sex that does not lead to procreation—was considered sinful. Evidence of this belief dates …

Toxic Shock Syndrome

… you are menstruating time seek medical help immediately, especially if you are using tampons. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, remove the tampon, contraceptive sponge, diaphragm, or cervical cap immediately.5 It is common for a “sunburn-like” rash to be present within a few hours of toxic shock syndrome and this rash …

Birth Control Comparison Chart

… risk of toxic shock syndrome (TSS) if used during a menstrual period-Less effective for users who have given birthDiaphragm with SpermicidePopular Brands: Koro-flex, Koromex, Ortho-DiaphragmFailure Rate: 17%STI Protection: NoneHormones: None    Advantages (+)-Can be inserted up to six hours prior to intercourse (but spermicide must be reapplied within two hours before intercourse …

Hormonal Contraceptives and Antibiotics

… directed. If an individual is worried about the risk of pregnancy, using a non-hormonal back up form of contraception (like a male or female condom, or diaphragm ) can further reduce the risk of pregnancy.


Allen, Rebecca, “Do Antibiotics Reduce Hormonal Contraceptive Effectiveness?”. Internal Medicine Alert, 2Oct. 2017.“Rifamycin: MedlinePlus Drug Information.” MedlinePlus, U …

Sex Education Icebreakers

… topic of sex education that alliterates with it.
For example: “My name is Neil and my word is nipple.”
Next person says: “This is Neil and his word is nipple, I am Dee and my word is diaphragm.”
This helps individuals learn the names of fellow group members, as well as creating an environment in