Is the diaphragm an option for women seeking non-hormonal birth control?

Is the diaphragm an option for women seeking non-hormonal birth control? (

[ABC, 4/4/19]  Quick quiz: What do the classic ’90s sitcoms Friends, Sex and the City and Seinfeld all have in common (aside from the fact they’re set in New York City)?

They all feature storylines revolving around the now-rarely used form of birth control known as the diaphragm.

These ’90s sitcoms may have been fascinated by this particular form of contraception, but only around 1 per cent of American women were actually using the diaphragm in that decade (maybe it’s to do with the fact TV writers in the ’90s tended to be men, who didn’t actually understand how unpopular the diaphragm was). Nowadays it’s only used by fewer than 1 per cent of Australian women.

So, why are we talking about it?

Not Just The Pill

Diaphragms are just one of the less popular forms of contraceptives that have actually been around for a while.

The pill has served women around the world for more than half a century, but with evidence suggesting Australian women are looking to other options, we decided it was worth taking a closer look at things like the diaphragm.

ABC Life’s series Not Just The Pill looks at different methods of contraceptives — like the female condom and fertility awareness methods — how they work, how effective they are and why they haven’t become as popular as the pill.

Well, research suggests young Australian women want to talk to their doctors about a range of contraceptive options, not just more commonly used hormonal contraceptives and condoms.

Hormonal contraception,

like the pill, is one of the most effective forms of birth control. But not all women can, or want to, use hormonal birth control.

The diaphragm is a woman-initiated non-hormonal form of contraception. Unlike the condom, it doesn’t require any initiative on the part of a male partner. And unlike the female condom, you can use it over and over.

But despite those benefits, it’s still one of the least popular forms of birth control………

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Stay Strong,

Jaelin Stickels, CNM, WHNP

Owner, SHEis & Holistic Heritage, Spring, TX


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