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How To Douche Your Vagina
Self-cleaning: Your vagina doesn't need much in the way of cleaning, it's designed to table care of itself. Water, a soft washcloth, & maybe some gentle soap is all you need. Too much scrubbing or harsh chemicals create more problems than they solve, & douching destroys the natural balance & protection. ...Read more
Leave it alone: The less you do the better. Also smile a lot. ...Read more
Get checked: Vaginas have a smell, but don't usually smell bad. If you're noticing an odor that bothers you from the vagina, it could be bacterial vaginosis. Not a std, but an overgrowth of normal bacteria. You can see a doctor and get tested, or try an over the counter probiotic like luvena. Best is to figure out what may have triggered change in your flora! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No!: The vulva can be washed with simple gentle soap and water. No harsh soaps. The vagina never ever needs to be cleaned. In fact cleaning it will harm it. As long as woman has good diet, exercise, and sleep then vagina takes care of itself. Sometimes medical conditions like diabetes can make risk for yeast infection in vagina higher. Stds can cause infections in vagina --- and these must be treated. ...Read more
It lowers the pH,: Making it more acidic &, therefore, more resistant to bacteria. I don't treat adults, so i can't speak to the efficacy in post-pubertal women. In pre-pubertal girls, the vulvar lining is only a few cell layers thick. Wiping back to front brings bacteria forward. Bubble baths or sitting in a tub with dissolved soap make the area more alkaline. Baths with 1cup of white vinegar to 6" water help. ...Read more
Just the outside: The outside is the "vulva" and can be be gently washed during baths and showers. The inside is the vagina. Vaginas are not meant to be washed. That means washing vaginas is not natural, and can mess up the inside, balanced conditions of the vagina. The more thoroughly one tries to wash a vagina, the more likely she will irritate the vagina. ...Read more
Not a correct way: It is not clear from your question why you need to do this. There is not a right way or a wrong way. You may place a digit into your vagina in any way you like as long as it is comfortable. ...Read more
Depends on timing: If it just happened then Plan B can prevent implantation. If the sexual encounter occurred more than three days ago, it's too late if you're pregnant to do anything but abortion. Next step is to do a home pregnancy test if you miss your period. If your period comes as always, then you're not pregnant. Please use birth control if you don't wish to get pregnant. ...Read more
Loose vagina: The only real answer is to surgically correct things. I am not so sure that is truly what you need, but no exercises or other over the counter type options will work. Some may recommend laser or thermal procedures as well. At the age of 17 though, there should really be no problems. If you think there is, or are being told there is a problem, you need to see the Gyn. ...Read more
If you wash the sperms/cemen off your body standing? Can the water carry the sperm to your vagina then up to your cervix to cause pregnancy?
Douching itself: Douching is not necessary to "clean" the vagina as it is like a "self cleaning oven". The more you disrupt the normal vaginal fluids that keep the ph(aciditiy/alkalinity) balance constant the more you set yourself up for serious vaginal infections or worse. So, please stop the practice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Douching itself: Douching is not necessary to "clean" the vagina as it is like a "self cleaning oven". The more you disrupt the normal vaginal fluids that keep the ph(aciditiy/alkalinity) balance constant the more you set yourself up for serious vaginal infections or worse. So, please stop the practice. ...Read more
? symptoms?: Why do you want her to get treated? I am going to make an assumption that she has an odor and/or discharge. Douching is not recommended. It can cause spread of infection and can cause imbalance in normal vaginal bacteria. If she has a problem you are worried about, then she needs to get checked or future ability to have children can be at risk. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I used douche for the first time and it burned really badly, is something going on with my vagina or is it because douche is bad?
Douching is bad.: The vagina has many organisms that colonize or live there. The balance of the types of organisms is very important for the health of the vagina. In general, douching is not recommended, because this delicate balance is destroyed. Therefore, we don't recommend douching. ...Read more
Not a good idea: It may, but douching can often times cause a vaginal infection by changing the normal flora of the vaginal, and sometimes the bacteria can be pushed up through the cervical opening into the uterus and cause a more severe infection. You should see your gyn so an exam and culture can be done and you receive the proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
What is another way of cleaning the vagina without douching, or causing more problems.? I am looking for a more natural way.
I have a smelly vagina. I’ve read that douches are not healthy and that I shouldn’t used them. Since stopping I struggle to control my vaginal odour. ?
Douche: Douches will do you no harm when used judiciously. I would suggest once a week would be app ...Read more
No need to douche: The vagina keeps itself clean without using any douches. In fact, douching can predispose to infection (such as bacterial vaginosis). You can clean the outside of the vagina with gentle soap or water. If vaginal discharge is copious, green, or has a fishy odor, it could be a sign of an infection. In this case, you might consider making a doctor's appointment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Often : Often times when you douche you disrupt the natural flora of your vagina making you more prone to infection. It sounds like you are dealing with a yeast infection. You can try an over the counter yeast infection cream for 3 or 7 nights and if this does not work you should see a doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more
What are the positive and negative effects of douching how long after doch before the vagina returns to its normal ph, if pH is off will u get infecti?
Don't douche. : When you flush the vaginal vault with water, commercial products etc, you upset the normal balance of bacteria. This can set you up for a yeast infection or bacterial overgrowth like BV (bacterial vaginosis). If there are positive effects of douching, I have yet to hear them. ...Read more
What is a very bad smell from the vagina area? I have a very bad smell from my vagina area and I've tried douching amoung other things. What would you recomendi do?
I : I recommend you get a proper examination, and testing by a medical professional. Vaginal odor can be caused by infections like bacterial vaginosis and even foreign bodies left in the vagina (i.e. Tampon). The only way to find out the cause and get treated is by seeing your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more
BV: Bacterial vaginosis (bv) is the most common vaginal infection. It is an overgrowth of normal vaginal bacteria, not a sexually transmit disease. The vaginal ph gets elevated releasing the fishy odor. It is easily fixed with antibiotics. Ask to be tested for bv. Other infections are possible so get tested. ...Read more
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