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Bad News for Diaphragm Lovers

Bad News for Diaphragm Lovers

Looks like one of the most common diaphragms on the U.S. market, the Ortho All-Flex, is a goner.

Once upon a time, in the mid-1900s, the†diaphragm was a very popular form of birth controlóbut today†fewer than 0.3% of U.S. women use one. The lack of demand has meant a slow march toward fewer diaphragms on the market. Now, sadly for diaphragm-devotees, another one bites the dust. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the company that makes the Ortho All-Flex diaphragm, recently announced it will no longer be making them.

But, I love my diaphragm! What are my options?

Milex Wide-Seal Silicone Diaphragms are still available in the U.S. If you want to try one, call your health care provider well in advance. Only a health care provider can order a Milex diaphragm, and yours may need some lead time if they don’t already stock them.

If you got a new diaphragm recently, it could last you long enough for a new option to come on the market. The†SILCS diaphragm is now being†sold as Caya in some European countries, and the Food and Drug Administration is considering it for the U.S. We’ll be crossing our fingers for you…

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Originally published on bedsider.org.

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3:56AM PDT on Jul 3, 2014

Thanks for good info

11:31PM PDT on Jul 2, 2014

Diaphragm is such a good birth control method. I wonder why this is happening.

6:49AM PDT on Jul 1, 2014

Thanks

5:27PM PDT on Jun 30, 2014

Thanks

8:18AM PDT on Jun 30, 2014

Was the decision enforced by the Conservatives?

2:32AM PDT on Jun 30, 2014

GOOD INFO

2:32AM PDT on Jun 30, 2014

TY

2:32AM PDT on Jun 30, 2014

:- )

8:03PM PDT on Jun 29, 2014

thanks for sharing the interesting article

9:27AM PDT on Jun 29, 2014

Thanks

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