It appears as if Janssen Pharmaceuticals has discontinued production of the Ortho All Flex Diaphragm. That’s not great news for women wanting the full range of contraceptive options.
The good news is that diaphragms are still available in the United States through Cooper Surgical. It’s a wide seal diaphragm, which may not be suitable for all women, but will probably fit most. Your doctor will have to get a fitting set for this particular diaphragm, and once your size is determined, order it for you rather than you taking a prescription to the pharmacy.
If you happen to be in Europe, you can get a Caya Diaphragm without a prescription.
I suspect the market for diaphragms was just too small for Jaansen to keep it going. I’ve only fitted one woman for a diaphragm in the past 6 months.
That’s a real shame, because the diaphragm is an important contraceptive option for motivated women who can’t or don’t want to use hormones or IUD’s. When used properly by motivated couples, efficacy can be quite high. I know – I was a long time diaphragm user, and despite being quite fertile, never had an unplanned pregnancy.
Here’s hoping that the Caya manufacturer will step into the US breach and get the diaphragm back into the hands of women who want to use it.
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