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Does Douching Really Make for Cleaner Vaginas?

Female genital hygiene often raises questions among women and health experts. Prominent among these questions are those concerned with the benefits of douching. First of all, ‘douche’ is a French word for ‘wash.’ It is simply, washing the vagina with a mixture of water and vinegar. Many women cannot resist the urge to pick up vagina douches from stores when shopping. They say it helps them keep their genital area clean. Does douching really make for cleaner vaginas?

After taking a pee, most women are not comfortable with the thought of residual urine droplets settling in their undies. This is because the urine mixes up with the natural discharge of their vaginas, to leave an awful smell. So, they take to douching, which is now easier to come by. Considering, the sales of bottled and ready to use douches available in supermarkets. Those douches contain a mixture of antiseptics and fragrances which are used by spraying directly into the vagina.

Why Do Women Douche?

According to medical reports, “women say they douche to get rid of unpleasant odors, wash away menstrual blood after their period, avoid getting Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and prevent pregnancy after intercourse. Yet, health experts say douching is not effective for any of these purposes.” Instead, women are advised to use only warm water and mild soap to clean up when necessary. Because douching upsets the natural pH of the vagina and tampers with the organ’s natural self-cleansing ability.

Research by National Women’s Health Information Centre shows that women who douche are at a 73% increased risk of getting bacterial vaginosis, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and Pelvic Inflammatory Diseases (PDIs). Also, cases of cervical cancer and pregnancy complications are linked to douching. Medics maintain that there is very little scientific evidence to prove that douching is beneficial.

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