Carmela asked in HealthWomen's Health · 1 decade ago

How often is it necessary to douche?

curios, I was told by a friend i should once a week, but i don't feel that is true

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Never....

    Most doctors and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) suggest that women steer clear of douching. All healthy vaginas contain some bacteria and other organisms called the vaginal flora. The normal acidity of the vagina keeps the amount of bacteria down. But douching can change this delicate balance. This may make a woman more prone to vaginal infections. Plus, douching can spread existing vaginal infections up into the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries.

    Research shows that women who douche regularly have more health problems than women who do not. Doctors are still unsure whether douching causes these problems. Douching may simply be more common in groups of women who tend to have these issues. Health problems linked to douching include:

    vaginal irritation,

    vaginal infections called bacterial vaginosis or BV,

    sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and

    pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)

    Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of a woman's uterus, fallopian tubes and/or ovaries. It is caused by bacteria that travel from a woman's vagina and cervix up into her reproductive organs. If left untreated, PID can cause fertility problems (difficulties getting pregnant). PID also boosts a woman's chances of ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy in the fallopian tube instead of the uterus). Some STDs, BV, and PID can all lead to serious problems during pregnancy. These include infection in the baby, problems with labor, and early delivery.

  • 1 decade ago

    Using douches is actually really bad for you. Unless in an extreme case and you're told to by a doctor (Who knows what they're talking about) you should never use them.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    NO!! douching can be very unhealthy! it can cause yeast infections and makes you have an abnormal PH level in your uterus. don't listen to your friend, you may want to inform her that it is unhealthy.

  • 1 decade ago

    you should after every time you have sexual intercourse just to be safe

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  • Ilse
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Monthly, after your period.

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