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

"Spermicide is needed."
"The diaphragm is recommended for monogamous women."
"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.

• Spermicide is used with the diaphragm.

• Removing the diaphragm immediately after intercourse will decrease its effectiveness.

• The diaphragm is recommended for monogamous women because it does not protect against STDs, only pregnancy.

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


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