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June 6, 2017 at 8:44 am

Vaginal douching: safe or unsafe for ladies?

Cleanliness is the most important staff one should practice regularly. To keep the private parts clean, hygienic and well-groomed is a must as they are sensitive and delicate. But during cleaning various important hacks should be kept in mind. One of these hacks is vaginal douch.

What is vaginal douching?

Women love to wash or flush their vagina with water or other fluids on a regular basis to keep fresh and hygienic and to prevent any infection in vagina. This process of intra-vaginal cleansing with a liquid solution is known as vaginal douching. Using vaginal douche is seen in teens in most cases. Using vaginal douche women get rid of unpleasant odors. After end of period it helps to wash away any residual menstrual blood and it also avoid to get any diseases. It prevents to get pregnant for the women after intercourse. But most of the doctors say that vaginal douching is very risky which increase infections, complications in pregnancy and other health problems. Douching is a method where vagina is washed with water and vinegar or sterile solution. Douches are easily available in supermarkets and drugstores in a bottle or bag. Douches contain antiseptics and fragrances which is applied through spraying a tube upward into the vagina. There are various advantages of using douches as it gives a feeling of freshness to the user. But there are more advantages than the benefits it exerts.

Disadvantages of vaginal douching:

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recommends that anyone should avoid from using vaginal douching as it disrupt the balance of bacteria in the vagina and thus alter the normal pH balance of the vagina. In most cases it spread harmful bacteria in the reproductive tract which creates problems during pregnancy. And some other adverse outcomes are also linked with vaginal douching as pelvic inflammatory disease, bacterial vaginosis, cervical cancer, ectopic pregnancy, recurrent vulvo-vaginal candidiasis and sometimes also cause infertility.

If vaginal douching safe during pregnancy?

During pregnancy women experience increase in vaginal discharge, for which women feel dirty and uncomfortable. Thus they use vaginal douche or sometimes doctors recommend them to use this to get rid of such problem. But vaginal doesn’t need any artificial thing for cleansing as it is a self-cleaning unit. Due to use of douche increase in overgrowth of some bacteria happens which is not at all good for pregnancy. It increases risk of endometritis  which  is an infection in uterus which is heightened by bacterial vaginosis. It also can cause complications during or after labor in the newborn or unborn and mother. Another infection which causes from douche is intramniotic infection. During preterm birth it results in premature rupture of membranes. Douching also raises the risk of vaginosis which leads to other infections. A higher risk of pelvic  inflammatory disease also cause which is a fatal infection of one or more pelvic organs.  And douching is strongly not recommended for pregnant ladies.

To conclude, douching pregnancy should be avoided at all costs during the course of pregnancy.

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