The diaphragm or cervical cap can be used from 6 weeks after birth. However they need to be fitted by a physician to be effective. It is vital that a woman who used on of these types of barriers before her pregnancy and birth gets remeasured. Birth will alter the size and even the shape of the cervix and an old diaphragm may not offer proper protection.
In the weeks or months that follow the original fitting, if weight is gained or lost (3kg or more), the diaphragm or cap may not fit optimally.
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