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Use of self home-made diaphragm for protection against pregnancy and sexually-transmitted infections: case report.

Schroth A, Luchters S, Chersich MF, Jao I, Temmerman M

  • Journal East African medical journal

  • Published 31 Aug 2007

  • Volume 84

  • ISSUE 1

  • Pagination 35-7

  • DOI 10.4314/eamj.v84i1.9489


This is a case report of a 44-year-old woman who used a home-made diaphragm for 16 years to protect herself from pregnancy and sexually-transmitted infections. The woman stitched a piece of cloth with folded polythene inside. This case report provides a vivid illustration of the limitations of available methods of protection for women. It consists of an introduction to the topic, a description of her experiences using her home-made diaphragm and a discussion of the significance of the case. This report supports the need for additional research on female-controlled methods of protection against sexually-transmitted infections, methods that can be used without male knowledge and co-operation, such as vaginal microbicides and cervical barriers against infection, including the diaphragm.