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So, if I don’t douch, what is the healthiest and safest way to clean the vagina?

Because the chemical balance of the vagina is very sensitive, it is best to let the vagina clean itself the way nature intended.  The vagina secretes  mucous, so we don’t nee to upset the delicate balance.

Warm water and gentle, unscented soap during the bath or shower is the best way to clean the outside or external areas of the vagina.  Products like feminine hygiene soaps, powders and sprays are not necessary, and some studies suggest they may even be harmful.

It is important to see your health care provider right away when you have any vaginal pain, itching, burning, or a foul odor; pain when urinating; a vaginal discharge that is not normal, such as thick and white (like cottage cheese) or yellowish-green.  You may have a yeast infection, urinary tract infection, or bacterial infection, all of which can be treated.  Do not clean the vagina or douche before an exam with a health care provider.  This will wash away the vaginal discharge, which helps the health care provider to determine the type of infection.

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Well, most health care providers do not recommend douching to clean the vagina.  Douching changes the delicate chemical balance and ph (the acid base balance) in the vagina, which can increase the liklihood of vaginal infections.


Research shows that women who douche on a routine basis tend to have more problems than women who do not douche or who rarely douche.  These problems include

  • vaginal irritation
  • infections
  • pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)


What effects will douching have on pregnancy?

The National Women’s Health Information Center indicates that:

Douching after sex does not prevent pregnancy.  But, research has shown that douching may affect a woman’s ability to get pregnant.  In women trying to become pregnant, those who douched the most often (more than once per week) had the lowest pregnancy rate.

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Douching is a practice that is thought to have been around since ancient times.


According to The National Women’s Health Information Center, US Department of Health & Human Services, 37% of American women between the ages of 15 to 44 douche regularly.  Of these women, about half douche on a weekly basis.


When an woman douches, she cleanses or rinses the vaginal canal with a solution containing water, vinegar, baking soda or a comercially prepared solution.


Women give the following reasons for douching most commonly:

  • Cleanse the vaginal canal following the menstrual period
  • Cleanse after sex
  • Reduce odors
  • Wash away semen
  • Prevent pregnancy
  • Avoid STDs

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