Douching is the process of rinsing out the inside of vagina wall with the use of feminine hygiene spray. Many women have misconception about the use of commercial hygiene sprays, they believed using hygiene sprays help them clean the vagina and get rid of unpleasant odor.
The vaginal wall and cervix produce normal vaginal discharge that are white or yellowish in color which help cleanses and maintain healthy vagina. The normal acidic vaginal chemical balance is pH 4.5 which prevent infection from occurring. The problem arises when normal acidic chemical balance is altered with the use of commercial hygiene sprays causing the vagina more susceptible to infections.
There are several risk factors associated with the use of feminine hygiene spray and these include vaginal infections, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), and pregnancy complications.
Vaginal infections such as bacterial vaginosis can cause vaginal wall to inflame due to changes in the chemical balance of the vagina. Bacterial vaginosis is caused by bacterium called Gardnerella vaginalis that can overgrow in less acidic environment and it can also increase the risk of premature labor.
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of the female reproductive organs such as the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. During the process of douching, vaginal infections can be push up and infect these organs. PID can also cause pregnancy complications such as ectopic pregnancy and infertility. Ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg implants itself in one of the fallopian tubes instead of the uterus.
Most doctors do not recommend the use of feminine hygiene spray because it causes more health problems than benefits. The vagina is self regulated by producing normal vaginal discharges that help cleanses and maintain healthy vagina.
The use of feminine hygiene spray is not necessary for routine hygiene as it can also cause irritation, allergic reactions, burns, infections, and numerous other problems. The use of genital deodorant spray and body powders has been associated with increased risk of ovarian cancer. When taking a shower or bathing you can simply wash between the folds of vulva with warm water and mild soap to maintain good hygiene.
Also try to avoid wearing nylon underwear and panty hose as this can increase the risk of vaginal infections. Instead wear clean cotton underwear, avoid using tampons and try to use sufficient lubrication during intercourse to prevent vaginal infections.
douching even when you experience symptoms associated with vaginal
infections and these may include yellow or green discharge, unpleasant
odor, vaginal itching, pain during sexual intercourse and pain during
urination. Talk to your doctor when you experience any of these
symptoms to get professional care and advice.
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