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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
Yes: The manufacturers of these apply an expiration date which you can usually find on the packages. Sometimes these are tricky codes and hard to interpret. If the package is unopened and is a dry powder, you do not have to worry about these dates. Liquids may be used if clear and unopened. ...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
Don't douche: Douching is unnecessary and potentially harmful. I recommend not douching at all. You can easily damage the vaginal tissue and push potentially harmful bacteria up into the uterus. Here's a good article on the topic: http://www.Psychologytoday.Com/blog/all-about-sex/201104/dont-douche-its-very-bad-womens-sexual-health. ...Read more
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