How safe is the Caya® diaphragm?
No contraceptive method can guarantee 100% safety from an unwanted pregnancy. The Caya® diaphragm is as safe as the classic diaphragm. The more often you use the Caya® diaphragm, the more confident you will become in using this contraceptive method and the more safety this method will offer you.
How do I know that the Caya® is inserted correctly and fits?
Use your longest finger (usually the middle finger) to verify the correct position of the diaphragm. Check whether the cup covers the cervix and the removal dome is located securely behind your pubic bone. If this is the case, you are well protected.
Why does the Caya® diaphragm have to remain in the vaginia for 6 hours after intercourse?
Leaving Caya® in place for 6 hours will help ensure that the sperm are inactivated by the contraceptive gel that you used with the Caya® diaphragm. This will help prevent unwanted pregnancy.
What types of spermicide or contraceptive gel can I use with Caya?
We recommend ContraGel or Caya Gel which are both natural products and also vegan!
Can my partner feel Caya while we’re having sex?
Not likely. The dome of the Caya diaphragm is soft, like your cervix, and so it feels natural. In rare cases, the partner may feel the rim of the diaphragm, but the majority of men reported no change in their experience.
Does Caya affect my libido or desire for sex?
No. Because Caya is hormone free, it will not affect how you feel about having sex. The moment of intimacy shouldn’t be interrupted by use either, as insertion can be done up to two hours ahead of sex, and Caya needs to be left in for 6 hours after sex.
Can I have sex more than once after inserting Caya?
Yes, Caya will remain in position if you have sex more than once after inserting. You will have to apply additional spermicide or gel using an applicator (without taking out the Caya diaphragm). You will need to leave Caya in for 6 hours after your partner’s last ejaculation to ensure the sperm are inactive.
For how long can I use the Caya® diaphragm before replacing?
The Caya® diaphragm can be used up to 2 years after the first use before replacement unless Caya® becomes damaged or in cases of vaginal infection.
Will the Caya diaphragm really last 2 years?
Two years from the first use. After 2 years, the nylon ring inside Caya loses its “bounce back,” which can make it less effective. We recommend you write the date of first-use on the box, or put a note in your calendar to order a new one earlier than 2 years from the first-use date. Any Caya diaphragm older than 2 years, no matter how often it was used, should be discarded.
Can I use additional lubricants or condoms with Caya?
In addition to the spermicide, you can use water-soluble lubricants to combat dryness, and condoms to guard against sexually transmitted disease. Be sure the lubricant is not silicone oil based, as that can damage Caya. However, using condoms with a small amount of silicone oil will not damage Caya.
How do I properly clean my Caya diaphragm?
After use, simply wash Caya by hand with soap and warm water, and let it air dry. Any mild bathroom soap will work. Even if the Caya diaphragm drops in the toilet, or on the floor, warm soap and water is all that is needed. Do not boil it in water.
What’s the difference between “perfect use” and “typical use” of Caya with regard to preventing pregnancy?
"Typical use" is when usage is not consistent or always correct, whereas "perfect use" refers to consistent and always correct usage. For the Caya, this includes proper insertion, using a spermicidal or contraceptive gel, and leaving the Caya in for at least 6 hours after sex each and every time.
What if Caya shifts or comes out during intercourse?
Slight shifting is normal due to the contoured shape. However, if it comes out during sex it’s likely not been inserted properly. Re-insert the Caya diaphragm after applying more contraceptive gel. If it comes out after your partner has ejaculated, it’s best to visit your healthcare provider (within 72 hours) to discuss emergency contraception options.
I can’t feel the Caya diaphragm inside me, is that normal?
Neither you nor your partner are likely to feel it inside, covering your cervix. However, you should be able to feel it with your finger to ensure it’s in the right place, covering your cervix. If you’re concerned with the fit, you can take it into your healthcare provider to ensure the fit.
Can Caya break or tear?
Yes, but this is unusual. If you notice that your Caya is damaged in some way, especially after sex, it’s best to visit your healthcare provider (within 72 hours) to discuss emergency contraception options. A torn or damaged Caya diaphragm should be replaced.
Can I use Caya as a menstrual cup?
No. Caya is a form of contraception, and is not designed to manage your period.
Can I swim, bathe, or get in a hot tub with Caya inserted?
Yes. You can swim, bathe, or relax in a hot tub before or after the Caya is inserted.
What if I experienced discomfort or pain, or bleeding, when using Caya or when I removed it? Or I suspect I have a vaginal infection?
Please contact your health provider. It may be an indication that something else is wrong, such as having a reaction to the spermicide. If you do have a vaginal infection, it’s best to replace your Caya diaphragm after your treatment ends.
What do I do if I leave the Caya diaphragm inside me for more than 24 hours?
Wearing the Caya diaphragm for more than 24 hours can promote bacterial growth, which can lead to infection and Toxic Shock Syndrome (very rare). We recommend contacting your healthcare provider to see if an examination is necessary.
Do I need to see a healthcare provider to ensure Caya fits/works for me?
No. Caya is one size fits most however, if you have concerns about Caya fitting you or if you are inserting it correctly, you can meet with your healthcare provider. If you know of any reproductive concerns or abnormalities that might prevent you from using Caya—or using it correctly—it's best to meet with your provider first. If you are having trouble finding a provider please give Caya a call or message and we can help.