HEALTH FRIENDLY: Why Douching Is Bad For You Ladies
Douching is washing or cleaning out the inside of the vagina with water or other mixtures of fluids. Most douches are sold in stores as prepackaged mixes of water and vinegar, baking soda, or iodine. Douching is mostly done by women although some men do what is known as rectal douching.
Many women engage in vagina douching for hygienic reasons, such as rinsing away blood after menstrual periods, avoiding odor, and preventing pregnancy or infections, but however doctors say these beliefs are false.
The vagina has protective bacteria that prevent harmful bacteria from coming in and when you douche often and aggressively, the vagina begins to lose those protective bacterial, thereby exposing to harmful bacteria that can cause diseases.
According to Dr. Uwajiobi Prince-will a clinical micro-biologist at National Hospital Abuja, who was featured on “Health Friendly” a program on Kapitalfm, douching can lead to many health problems, including problems getting pregnant.
Apart from the vagina losing its protective bacteria, harmful bacteria could be pushed into the reproductive system of the woman or her urinary tract during the process and could cause diseases in the long-run.
The commonest disease is the Bacteria Vaginosis which causes the vagina to smell, the Bacteria Vaginosis is a sexually transmitted Infection STI that could be passed to the male partner and can also lead to Ectopic Pregnancy.
Douching can also cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease which could affect the pelvic, the uterus, and the fallopian tubes up to the ovaries.
Dr. Princewill said using ordinary water to gently wash the private area is the best way to go adding that when wiping, it should be from front to the back. He also said the vagina is naturally designed to take care of itself and does not need douching to keep it safe.
He advised that when you notice an itching, unusual or smelly discharge in your private part; you should contact your Doctor.
For more on the program click on the audio below: