What Should I Know Before Using the Caya Diaphragm?

Written by Kristen Miranda, MD, MPH

Helpful things to know before using your diaphragm.

Basic information about the Caya diaphragm

The Caya diaphragm is a small nylon and silicone device inserted into the vagina, along with spermicidal gel, to prevent pregnancy. Unlike older diaphragms that required a visit to a medical provider to be fitted for the correct size, the Caya diaphragm is a “one size fits most” device. If you have been fitted in the past for a very small (50-60mm) or large (85-90mm) conventional diaphragm, then the Caya is not right diaphragm for you.

The Caya diaphragm is a great hormone-free method that is only needed at the time of sexual activity. It’s safe for women who have a latex allergy and for those who want to control their contraception but don’t want to use the non-hormonal IUD or hormonal contraception.

You can find out more about the Caya diaphragm here and here.

How do I use my Caya diaphragm?

A Caya diaphragm needs to be placed inside the vagina, along with a WATER (not silicone) -based lubricant, up to two hours before sex. It should stay inside the vagina for at least six hours after sex, but can be left inside for up to 24 hours. If you are sexually active more than once in that time period, make sure you add spermicide each time you have intercourse. When you are done, remove the diaphragm, wash it off, and then store it in its case.

What if I forget when I placed the diaphragm, or it fell out and I cannot find it?

If your diaphragm falls out, or if you remove it before six hours after being sexually active, you are at risk for pregnancy. Please talk with your healthcare provider to see if you are a candidate for emergency contraception. Leaving the diaphragm in for over 24 hours puts you at risk for infection, so if you realize you have left it in for over 24 hours, remove it immediately and see your provider for an exam.

What will happen with my period?

Since this contraception method does not contain hormones, it will not affect your menstrual cycle or bleeding in any way.

How effective is the diaphragm?

The diaphragm is more effective than not using any birth control at all, but it’s less effective than other birth control methods. With typical use (how most women use them), they are 83% effective.

How expensive is the Caya diaphragm?

The Caya diaphragm varies in price, and may be covered by your insurance. Click here for a comparison of prices at various pharmacies.

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