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Are there any risks to using a diaphragm?

Women who use diaphragms may be more likely to develop urinary tract infections. These infections can cause pain and burning when you urinate and other symptoms. There is also a small risk that you will become pregnant. To reduce that risk, make sure that you understand all instructions for proper use of a diaphragm. Check your diaphragm for holes now and then by filling it with water to see if it leaks.

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