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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?

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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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

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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?

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?

Anal sex: Douching can be traumatic to the tissues and lead to inflammation of the rectum which makes it more easy to catch stds. Douching with any soap it chemicals makes that even more likely. ...Read more

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What is the complication of bladder irrigation?

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

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Can I have colonic irrigation if have mild abdominal pain. Will it make the procedure be painful?

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 more

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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?

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

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What are douches?

What are douches?

Douches: Douches use a fluid to wash out the vagina. They are rarely a good idea since they can wash bacteria up into the uterus and can cause infections. The vagina is self-cleaning and bathing or showering is all you need to do in order to stay clean. ...Read more

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Why do some women douche?

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

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Does summer eve douche go bad?

Does summer eve douche go bad?

Check box BUT...: The American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists recommends AGAINST Douching. ...Read more