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6. Diaphragm

Here’s a little flashback for you – the diaphragm. This method is less popular than it used to be, only 3 percent of women between the ages of 16 to 49 now use it—but they’re using it.

With a little spermicide and some maneuvering, diaphragms can do the job when it comes to preventing pregnancy. When used exactly as prescribed, the failure rate is 6 percent. When not always used as instructed, the failure rate is 20 percent.

If properly cared for, a diaphragm can often be used for about two years. But because physical changes, such as weight gain, can alter the fit of the diaphragm, bring your device with you to every ob-gyn appointment.

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Margaret Sanger learned about the diaphragm in the Netherlands and illegally imported large quantities to the U.S. when she returned in 1916 and opened her first birth control clinic.