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What is douching? I've heard it's something women do what is it and why do it?

What is douching? I've heard it's something women do what is it and why do it?

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! ...Read more

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Can someone tell me what exactly is a colonic irrigation , how it's done and why people do it. I was wondering if there are some benefits to it

Can someone tell me what exactly is a colonic irrigation , how it's done and why people do it. I was wondering if there are some benefits to it

Hi. : Hi. Colon irrigation is often performed by alternative medicine providers. Water is introduced into the colon which can be mixed with homeopathic or herbals in order to remove feces, parasites & toxins from the gut. It is reported to be one aspect of total body detoxification. ...Read more

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Are femine douches good or bad for you?

Are femine douches good or bad for you?

Generally bad: The vagina is an amazing organ- it keeps itself clean without the help of any soaps or douches. There are "good" bacteria in the vagina that help keep out the "bad" bacteria, and douching too much can lead to a change in the bacterial flora of the vagina. This can predispose to infections such as bacterial vaginosis. You can clean with water and gentle soap around the outside of the vagina. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a girl be pregnant after douching and taking birth control?

Please tell me, could a girl be pregnant after douching and taking birth control?

Pregnancy: Regular oral contraceptives, taken as directed, are quite effective (99%), and the "morning after" pill (emergency contraception) is up to 89% effective if taken within 72 hours of intercourse to prevent pregnancy. Douching is not effective. If contraceptives have been used and a period is missed then urine pregnancy tests are about 97% accurate if done correctly. ...Read more

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Is douching safe to do?

Not really : Douching is not recommended. It kills off the natural bacteria that protects and cleans the vagina by maintaining normal pH balance. Douching sets you up for frequent yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis. ...Read more

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What's a good resource for trace elements and heavy metal toxicity?

What's a good resource for trace elements and heavy metal toxicity?

Be VERY careful: Most of the outfits offering "heavy metal testing" are scams, charging outrageous prices for"tests" intended to get you to buy their nutritional supplements, have your fillings removed, and generally suck you into a expensive racket. They exude warmth and this is the one thing that may make you feel better. ...Read more

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How effective are vaginal douches?

How effective are vaginal douches?

Not recommended: Can cause infections, can cause bact to be pushed up the cervical os into the uterus. ...Read more

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I heard douching is bad because of the water going upwards. There's a douche, called water works and water stream goes down is it safe? Recommended?

I heard douching is bad because of the water going upwards. There's a douche,  called water works and water stream goes down is it safe? Recommended?

Probably safe: Fluid made by glands inside the vagina and cervix carries away dead cells/bacteria keeping the vagina clean and helps prevent infection.For most women, routine douching is unnecessary. If you are plagued by vaginal discharge/itch/odor, the first step is to see your doctor as many diseases can cause these symptoms (e.g. bacterial overgrowth, STD's like chlamydia/gonorrhea/Trich, yeast infection) ...Read more