IMPORTANT NOTICE: At Fortis Healthcare, we are fully supportive of the National priorities set out by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. Further to the directives of the Government provided in their press release dated 8th Nov 2016, payments at Government hospitals can be made through 500 and 1000 Rupee denomination notes. In view of the hardship being caused to the large number of patients at private hospitals, we have made an urgent representation to the Government that this exemption should apply equally, for payments, at private hospitals. We are following up with the authorities and hope the Government will step in quickly to resolve this anomaly. Meanwhile, at Fortis hospitals across the country, we continue to accept payments through credit card, debit card and electronic banking transfers. As 500 and 1000 Rupee denomination notes are no longer legal tender we are only accepting 100 Rs and lower currency notes. As per Government regulation, a PAN card and legitimate ID proof is however required for payments in cash exceeding Rs 50,000. Meanwhile we continue to ensure that emergency cases get immediate medical attention without delay whatsoever and have put in more administrative staff and help desks to assist patients.


The diaphragm is a birth control (contraceptive) device that helps prevent sperm from entering the uterus. The diaphragm is a small, reusable rubber or silicone cup with a flexible rim that covers the cervix.

Before sex, the diaphragm is inserted deep into the vagina so that part of the rim fits snugly behind the pubic bone. The diaphragm is most effective at preventing pregnancy when used with spermicide.

Why it's done Risks How you prepare What you can expect

The diaphragm helps prevent pregnancy. Among various benefits, the diaphragm:

  • Allows prompt return to fertility
  • Can be used as a backup method of birth control
  • Can be used during breast-feeding beginning six weeks after childbirth
  • Can be inserted up to six hours before sex and left in place for up to 24 hours
  • Doesn't require a partner's cooperation
  • Has few, if any, side effects

The diaphragm isn't appropriate for everyone, however. Your health care provider may discourage use of the diaphragm if you:

  • Are allergic to silicone, latex or spermicide
  • Are at high risk of or have HIV/AIDS
  • Are at high risk of pregnancy — you're younger than age 30, you have sex three or more times a week, you've had previous contraceptive failure with vaginal barrier methods, or you're not likely to consistently use the diaphragm
  • Have vaginal abnormalities that interfere with the fit, placement or retention of the diaphragm
  • Have frequent urinary tract infections
  • Have a history of toxic shock syndrome
  • Have significant pelvic organ prolapse, such as uterine prolapse — when the uterus descends into the vagina from its normal position in the pelvis
  • Recently gave birth or had a miscarriage or an abortion

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