Does using a diaphragm increase my risk of bladder infections?

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Any action or device that increases the possibility of bacteria entering the urethra increases your risk of bladder infection. Using a diaphragm with spermicide on it increases that possibility. The exact reason for the increased risk is not known, but may be because the spermicide keeps the usual vaginal bacteria at a lower level.

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Diaphragms

Diaphragms

A diaphragm is a dome-shaped form of birth control (barrier contraception) that is inserted into the vagina. When used with spermicide, diaphragms are 84% to 94% effective at preventing pregnancy when they are used every time you ...

have intercourse. Diaphragms do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases, so you should also use condoms to help prevent STDs.
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