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Why Women Should Not Douche
Health & Fitness
Basically, douching is bad for your health because it disturbs the normal chemical and microbial balance of the vagina - possibly leading to BV or other bacterial infections. Douching also may force pathogens up through the cervix causing uterine infections.
In addition to disrupting the vaginal flora, the chemicals used in many over-the-counter and homemade douches also may irritate or inflame the skin. This could either making an existing infection worse or make a woman more susceptible to a new infection.
Many women douche because of a strong or unusual vaginal odor or discharge. This is particularly dangerous if these symptoms are the result of an infection such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, or trichomoniasis.
If you have such an infection, douching could force the organisms into the uterus where they are more likely to cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), an infection linked to infertility.
In fact, douching is a major cause of secondary infertility. Secondary infertility occurs when a couple who have successfully become pregnant in the past are no longer able to conceive a child. Douching also increases the risk of ectopic pregnancy.