A 23-year-old female asked:
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what is douching? i've heard it's something women do what is it and why do it?

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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 cultural reasons as well. It is usually not a requirement for vaginal health!
Answered on Nov 28, 2019
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A 23-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.
A 33-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 40-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 45-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.

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