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

A. Schroth, S. Luchters, M. F. Chersich, I. Jao, M. Temmerman

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-37
Number of pages3
JournalEast African Medical Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes

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