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Doctor insights on: Homemade Douche

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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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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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Can you tell me if there are expiration dates on douches?

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

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Can a douche change your cycle?

Can a douche change your cycle?

No BUT: The American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists recommends AGAINST Douching. ...Read more

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How common is it for women to douche?

How common is it for women to douche?

Douch: Women should never douche on a routine basis. Or for that matter ever. ...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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How many times in a week can I use summer eve douche' ?

How many times in a week can I use summer eve douche' ?

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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What does it mean to douche with carosine?

A "fiery mess": Douching with kerosene (carosine) can be extremely irritating to the vagina and is not recommended under any circumstances. ...Read more