It has been one year since The U.S. Supreme Court ruled to overturn Roe v. Wade, restricting Americans’ reproductive freedoms in a way that has not been seen for generations. Following the Dobbs decision that ushered in this curtailment of reproductive rights, there has been fear and speculation about what further steps might be taken to restrict individual reproductive autonomy.
Fertility is a way of preventing pregnancy through natural family planning. It is done by a woman monitoring and recording different fertility signs throughout her menstrual cycle to determine when she is most likely to get pregnant. She can prevent pregnancy by avoiding unprotected sex during her most fertile days through abstaining or implementing a barrier method.
A diaphragm is a barrier contraceptive device that covers the cervix to block sperm from entering. It is a cup made of soft latex, plastic, or silicone with a firm, flexible rim placed deep in the vagina before sex to prevent sperm from being able to reach an egg.