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douche

1. a stream of water or air directed onto the body surface or into a body cavity, for cleansing or medical purposes
2. the application of such a stream of water or air
3. an instrument, such as a special syringe, for applying a douche
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The presence of BV also has significant social, interpersonal, and work effects and, for some women, is the source of extreme anxiety and distress, which is why many women turn to extreme measures such as douching to control it.
Women who had reported douching at the baseline of the study had a significantly higher risk for ovarian cancer, with a hazard ratio of 1.8.
Awolude, a consultant obstetrics and gynaecologist at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, said douching, the process of rinsing the vagina with water-based solutions, has been found to increase a woman risk of infections, pregnancy complications, and other health problems.
This ultimately leads to discontinuation of nasal douching.
Douching has also been associated with increased risk of yeast infections, as doing so might push the bacteria causing the infection to other areas such as the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries.
Results: Of the total 343 women in the study, 91(26.5%) had reported vaginal douching in the preceding year.
Yet the American Public Health Association and other health groups strongly recommend not douching unless specifically medically recommended.
Douching (cleaning out the anal canal with water) was also widely practiced.
He thinks so little of gargles and sprays that he attributes what little good follows their use as due entirely to remnants of the medicament being left to be dissolved in the saliva, and douching he considers but little more effective, whilst, as he says, extremely few nurses know how to douche properly.
This is due to a change in the balance of the bacteria in the vagina.This may result from being run down or unwell, taking antibiotics, douching or overzealous washing.
Results: Behaviors such as washing from back to front after defecation (OR=3.79; 95% CI, 2.05-7.01), cleaning with bare hand in the toilet (OR=4.75; 95% CI, 1.71-13.23), bathing by sitting on a stool (OR=2.64; 95% CI, 1.44-4.84, pless than0.001), infrequent change of underwear (OR=6.15; 95% CI, 2.43-15.55, pless than0.001) and douching after intercourse (OR=1.84; 95% CI, 1.09-3.07, p less than0.05) were risk factors associated with vaginal infections.
During these sessions, the adolescents were taught methods to reduce sexual risk, were advised to reduce douching and were given a $20 voucher for their male partner to use toward STD testing services.