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How common is it for women to douche

A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfredo Nieves
39 years experience Gynecology
Douch: Women should never douche on a routine basis. Or for that matter ever.
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Blazar
61 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not usually..but: It also is not usually helpful. An alternative is to shower and insert a moistened finger into the vagina and rotate once or twice-and then finish sho ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Training, habits: Douching is a form of cleaning out the vaginal tract. The tract is quite capable of cleaning itself out nicely when undisturbed but some have been ta ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Douching: Women douche as they believe it will keep their vagina cleaner. The vagina cleans itself. The American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists re ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Syal
Dr. Raj Syal answered
32 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Uncommon: No medical reason to douche.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
Yes.: If not done too frequently and with harsh materials. Water alone can do the trick for most women.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Guy VanDell
22 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Common: It's common but not good for most women, because it increases risk of vaginal infection. You kill off the good bacterial that lives in the vagina. ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
Cleansing of vagina!: Usually done with sexual activity or when discharge is present. Also done after menstuation, for "odor" issues. Frequently overdone. There are cultura ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Parul Krishnamurthy
33 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
None: Per cdc guidelines, douching should not be done-increases risks of vaginal infections.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
No, only women.: Both sexes can cleans external genitalia. But douching feres to cleaning the vaginal canal with water and/or a cleansing agents.

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