Are you actively trying to prevent unintended pregnancy and protect against STIs? Good for you. The only problem: Condoms, IUDs and diaphragms can put you at risk of UTIs. “Any foreign body that is placed near the urethra, such as a condom, can up the chances of contracting a urinary tract infection,” says Soos. “And, of course, for women, with removable contraception there is a hygiene risk that could lead to an infection,” she adds.
What's more, as Dr. Moruzzi explains, when it comes to condoms, it’s not just allergies to latex that people have issues with. Spermicide and spermicide-coated condoms can cause UTIs because they promote E. coli growth. While we are certainly not telling you to abstain from sex, if you feel like you're developing a UTI or you are prone to them, it might be worth taking a closer look at your contraception of choice.
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