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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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Had sex after 5 days of using Monistat 1 (tioconazole) and it burned my husband and then 15 minutes later started burning my cervix. How do I safely douche it out?
Besides using a douche (which I don't use often) and doing exercises to tighten the vaginal walls what else can I do if this doesn't work to be tight?
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
Is anal douching (for anal sex) bad? I've gotten mixed answers & research has produced mixed results. Pros/cons? If not bad, what's proper procedure?
Usually none: Bladder irrigation, when done by a trained professional, is generally safe. However, it is possible to have irritation of the urethra form the catheter, urinary tract infection from the process, irritation of the bladder from stretching, or even rupture of the bladder if it is overfilled. ...Read more
Can I have colonic irrigation if have mild abdominal pain. Will it make the procedure be painful?
Probably OK: There is no evidence that colonic irrigation is of any health or medical use. That said, if you feel you must have this procedure, there is no reason why mild abdominal pain, in the absence of underlying disease like ulcerative colitis, should be an obstacle to having this done. If you are having a chronic symptom for which you feel irrigation is needed, first see your family doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
2yr old had ear wax removed by irrigation by pediatrician. She is crying that her ear hurts and is really fussy. What can I giver her for the pain?
I am doing a 50/50 hydrogen peroxide and water douche. To relieve discharge and odor but it is not working that well. What else can I do?
That is too strong: That may be too strong to perform on a prolonged basis. It is first important to figure out why you are doing that. You may benefit from an examination, cultures and antibiotics or antivirals or antimycotoc agents. On occasion a betadine douche may help but this should only be used for brief periods and not sustained therapy. ...Read more
I've been battling with BV for about a year and the metronidazole doesn't work for me anymore I've used peroxide douche it worked 2x but not anymore?
I have two neurostimulators one rechargeable and a newer no rechargeable one. What is the life span on an older neurostimulator before replacement?
Depends: I think it depends on how often you use it, but no longer than 5 years. ...Read more
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. ...Read more