Barrier method for birth control

Barrier methods of birth control are almost as old as the human race is and involves implanting a barrier into the vagina in order to block sperm from entering the uterus. The diaphragm, the cervical cap and the contraceptive sponge are three barrier methods used in the present day and age.

These three barrier methods are most effective when used along with a good spermicide (jelly, cream or foam). No matter which of these three barrier methods are opted for, the barrier should be inserted before having intercourse and should be allowed to remain inside the vagina for six hours after intercourse. It is recommended to get the diaphragm and cervical cap inserted and set in place by a doctor

Female and male condoms are other popular barrier methods of contraception, but these do not need to be left on after intercourse. Barrier methods of contraception are not recommended for women who have just had an abortion or given birth. Apart from this, women who have had recent cervical surgery, frequent urinary tract infections (UTI) and women with weak vaginal muscles should avoid the barrier method. There are also the risks of infection and allergy to the components of the barrier used. 

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