Because of the elevated prevalence of douching
among women with bacterial vaginosis, the investigators explored the association between douching
and bacterial vaginosis among women who reported vaginal symptoms (discharge, change in color of discharge, odor or itching, and odor after intercourse) and those who did not.
, smoking, and the absence of vaginal lactobacillus emerged as powerful independent risk factors for acquisition of bacterial vaginosis in the first large longitudinal study of this common gynecologic disorder.
In a survey of 169 girls aged 19 years or younger, 69% reported douching
regularly, said Dr.
Twenty percent of black women reported douching
at least twice a month, compared with just 7% of white participants and 3% of Mexican Americans in the study.
Yet the American Public Health Association and other health groups strongly recommend not douching
unless specifically medically recommended.
Females in the intervention group reported a reduction in douching
compared with those in the control group: Over the 12-month follow-up period, women in the intervention douched 56% less often than controls.
with Coca-Cola as a form of contraception is part of folklore.
It gently cleanses with none of the harsh chemicals contained in many of the existing over-the-counter douching
kits that doctors have long counseled female patients against using.
There is evidence globally of an association between vaginal douching
and adverse reproductive health outcomes.
Instead of making you feel fresh, washing or douching
inside may make you smell unpleasant.
Why does excessive douching
increase the risk of developing BV?
with vinegar or other chemicals increases the rate of vaginal yeast infections because it alters the vaginal bacterial balance.