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What Are the Risks and Benefits to Douching?

What Are the Risks and Benefits to Douching?

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Despite all the advertising by manufacturers of feminine hygiene products, there are no practical reasons for women to douche on a regular basis. In the past, many women felt that douching was necessary for cleanliness and it was a widespread practice. The latest research concludes that there are really no benefits to douching and there are a number of significant potential risks involved. Vaginas have their own self-cleansing system, so douching isn’t necessary. Normal vaginas have balanced bacteria levels and an acidic environment. These two components work together to keep the vagina healthy.

The potential risks of douching include

Things to keep in mind when considering douching.

Vaginal Infection

Increased risk of vaginal infection since the normal or “good” bacteria decrease, thereby allowing harmful or “bad” bacteria to take over.

Allergic Reaction

Allergic reaction to the chemicals found in douching products. These chemicals may cause burning, itching, or vaginal discharge.

Pelvic Inflammatory

Increased risk of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).

Ectopic Pregnancy

Increased risk of ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy in which the fertilized egg implants somewhere outside the uterus).

Some women feel more comfortable if they douche at the conclusion of their menstrual period. This is not harmful as long as only warm water used, and you douche no more often than once per month.

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