Girls…Do you douch? Guys, read at your own risk.
Now before I continue..you all know I am quite open to talking about vaginas.
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LADIES!!! And remaining gentlemen (please inform your gfs and wives),
I LOVE DOUCHING!! OMG I recently started douching and I love it but now that I’ve read up more on it, it’s making me think twice.
It’s basically an apparatus to go in and clean your vagina and I love how fresh I feel afterwards but just check out the cons below..
According to WebMD.com, here are the pros and cons of douching (listen up):
What are the pros associated with douching?
Some women say douching makes them feel cleaner. There is, though, very little scientific evidence of benefit from douching. The rare positive research that does exist often has a downside. For example, one study found that douching during the six months before pregnancy reduced the risk of preterm delivery. However, in that same study, douching during pregnancy was linked to an increased risk of preterm birth.
What are the cons associated with douching?
Overall, the risks of douching far outweigh the benefits. Here are just a few of the problems linked to douching:
- Vaginal infections (bacterial vaginosis). Douching upsets the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina (called vaginal flora). These changes make the environment more favorable for the growth of bacteria that cause infection. Studies have found that women who stopped douching were less likely to have bacterial vaginosis. Having bacterial vaginosis can increase the risk of preterm labor and endometriosis.
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID is an infection of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and/or ovaries. Research has found that women who douche have a 73%25 higher risk of getting PID.
- Pregnancy complications. Women who douche more than once a week have more difficulty getting pregnant than those who don%e2%80%99t douche. Douching also increases the risk of ectopic pregnancy by as much as 76%25. With an ectopic pregnancy, the embryo implants outside the uterus. The more a woman douches, the more her risk of ectopic pregnancy rises.
- Cervical cancer. Douching at least once a week has been linked to an increased chance of developing cervical cancer
Should a woman douche?
According to health experts, including those at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), you should avoid douching. Having some vaginal odor is normal.
In most cases the vagina’s acidic environment “cleans” the vagina. However, if you notice a very strong odor, call your ob/gyn because it could be a sign of infection.
The acidity of the vagina will naturally control bacteria and the only time you should douche is when your doctor tells you to.
What is the best way to clean my vagina?
According to WomenHealth.gov, most doctors say it’s best to let your vagina clean itself. The vagina cleans itself naturally by making mucous. The mucous washes away blood, semen, and vaginal discharge. You should know that even healthy, clean vaginas may have a mild odor.
Keep the outside of your vagina clean and healthy by washing regularly with warm water and mild soap when you bathe. You should also avoid scented tampons, pads, powders, and sprays. These products may increase your chances of getting a vaginal infection.