There's a myth among some American women that douching can solve a variety of health and hygiene problems. Women mistakenly believe it safely cleans the vagina and can prevent pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and vaginal odor. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that women not douche, citing research indicating that women who do are at increased risk of PID pelvic inflammatory disease. According to the U. In the United States, almost one in five women 15 to 44 years old douche.
Douching: Don't Do It Despite These Common Myths
Vaginal Douching: Evidence for Risks or Benefits to Women's Health
From menstruation to menopause, the muscular canal known as the vagina commands a lot of attention. If you have one, there's a good chance you think you know what's best for it. There's also a chance you've wasted time or money on tips and trends that are ineffective at best and harmful at worst. Here are just a few things you shouldn't do to your precious parts. Squirting water or other fluid mixtures into your vagina may sound like the perfect way to feel fresh and clean, but this practice can do more damage than good.
What is a douche?
A douche is a device used to introduce a jet of water to the inside of a part of the body so that it can be washed. Douching is done for either medical or hygiene reasons. Many women use a douche to try to get rid of vaginal odor and believe that doing so helps to keep the vagina clean.
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