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1995 Called And Wants The Diaphragm Back. Do You?

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Birth control is like, pretty important. But I’m pretty sure the only time I’ve ever heard about anyone using a diaphragm is in a throwback episode of Friends. Apparently, Sex and the City also references the method that, today, is kinda hard to wrap our heads around (and our vaginas).

With condoms, birth control pills and newer contraceptive methods like IUDs, many people have forgotten about the long lost, frankly outdated-sounding diaphragm. But a newer, improved diaphragm called Caya is looking to change our minds, and is ready to hit U.S. shelves soon.

The first redesign of the diaphragm since the mids-1960s, the main difference between Caya and traditional, older diaphragms is it’s one-size-fits-all feature. While traditional diaphragms needed to be individually fitted for every lady, Caya promises a contoured design, that, as long as it’s inserted correctly, claims to have the same effectiveness as the pill. Other perks? It’s hormone-free and you don’t have to remember to take it everyday. Just, you know, every time you have sex.

While the new, one-size-fits-all design definitely improves access (ie., you don’t need to take your pants off at the gyno to get one), there hasn’t been a amount of significant research into how this new model actually works to keep you from getting pregnant, according to obstetrician-gynecologist Taraneh Shirazian, M.D., via Shape. Caya’s developers say clinical trials have found the design to be as effective as traditional diaphragms, which is 94 percent.

I’m stoked about having more birth control options, and for women looking to avoid hormonal methods, this is a big win. But I’m still a little unsure about this particular method. While it’s common for men to carry around condoms and easy to throw them away, it’s a little more difficult to keep a diaphragm in your purse. What if you lose it? What if it gets dirty and you need to clean it before putting it back in? What if it falls out on the subway floor and not only do you freak out the grade school kids sitting next to you, but you are too germophobe-d out to ever use it again?! I guess there’s a lot of questions to be answered here, but for now, let’s just celebrate another method of birth control at your fingertips.

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