A nurse is caring for a patient in need of birth control. The patient questions the nurse about the proper method of using a diaphragm. Which of the following is correct?

The diaphragm should be left in place for 6 hours after intercourse

Explanation

•Acting as a reservoir for spermicide, the diaphragm must be left in place for 6 hours after intercourse to be effective.

•Having the diaphragm in place at all times is not recommended.

•Not using spermicide or removing the diaphragm immediately after intercourse will decrease the effectiveness.

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