A 40-year-old female asked:
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is it harmful for women to douche?

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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 showering as usual.
Answered on Jul 30, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Carries risks: The American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists recommends AGAINST Douching.
Answered on Dec 9, 2019

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Alfredo Nieves
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Douch: Women should never douche on a routine basis. Or for that matter ever.
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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Yes.: If not done too frequently and with harsh materials. Water alone can do the trick for most women.

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