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A 40-year-old female asked:

Is it harmful for women to douche?

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Dr. Andrew Blazar
Obstetrics and Gynecology 63 years experience
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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Carries risks: The American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists recommends AGAINST Douching.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

Why do some women douche?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
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 taught that this is a form of standard self care. The companies that mad such agents are happy to promote the need for this on a regular basis which is good for their bottom line. If the cleaning is to remove discharge or odor, see your ob.

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