Vaginal douching refers to the process of washing or cleaning the vagina with water or a special solution to remove uterine contents. It can be made with various substances without a prescription, but also with certain substances recommended by the doctor to treat some diseases or to get prepare for certain procedures.
Why Women choose Vaginal Douches
Women choose to use vaginal douches for a variety of reasons. Many of them are myths and erroneous information about the beneficial effect of this process. Thus it is considered that through vaginal douching:
– Can be removed remnants of menstrual blood from the uterus at the end of the menstrual period – this is not necessary because the cleaning will occur without other interventions, naturally.
– Will prevent pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases or other infections – vaginal douches do not have contraceptive role and can not protect the body from sexually transmitted diseases or other infections. By using excessive vaginal douches may increase the risk of developing infections.
– Will decrease vaginal odor – women who have an unusual vaginal odor should consult their doctor for diagnosis because it can be a symptom of serious infections and vaginal douches can lead to complications.
– Will be clean – in fact, the vagina is self-cleaning and vaginal douching is not necessary.
– Increase the efficiency of treatment prescribed by a doctor to treat chronic infections with fungi or bacteria – douching for this purpose should be done only on doctor’s advice.
Vaginal Douches are Healthy?
The answer is no. Vaginal douching decrease a woman’s chance of getting pregnant within a month by 30%. On the other hand, vaginal douches which are regularly made change flora and the chemical balance, and may predispose to infection.
Also during the shower bacteria can be introduced into the vagina which can spread in the cervix, uterus and fallopian tubes. Researchers found that women who had vaginal douche regularly made have more irritations and infections such as bacterial vaginosis, and an increased number of sexually transmitted diseases.
In addition, the females face a significant risk of developing pelvic inflammatory disease, a chronic condition that can lead to infertility or even death if not treated.
Bacterial vaginosis and pelvic inflammatory disease can have serious side effects during pregnancy, including neonatal infections, complications and even premature birth. For these reasons, douching is not recommended for cleaning the vagina constantly.
To maintain hygiene and not to disturb the delicate balance of the vagina, not putting solutions and substances inside it, as the vagina has the ability to cleanse itself.
The vagina cleans naturally through its own mucous secretions. During bath or shower, use warm water and mild soap, unscented for cleaning outdoor areas of the vagina. Personal hygiene products such as soaps, special powders and sprays are not necessary and may cause irritation of sensitive tissues.