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What is a safe alternative to douching in pregnancy?

What is a safe alternative to douching in pregnancy?

Not douching: Douching is never recommended. The vagina is a self-cleaning organ and douching can push harmful bacteria into the vagina or change the pH balance which allows infections to occur. Gentle cleaning of the outside of the vagina with soap and water is all that is necessary and safe. ...Read more

Douching (Definition)

This refers to the systematic internal rinsing of the vagina. You typically use a kit specifically designed for this. A solution is in a plastic bottle like container with a thin tube (straw like) extending from it. The tube is inserted and the bottle is squeezed. The tube has a tip that allows the solution to spray around inside. The solution and any other contents can drain ...Read more


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Doctor told me not to take Flagyl because its not safe for my 12 week pregnancy instead he said to douche using vinegar-water. Thought it was bad?

Doctor told me not to take Flagyl because its not safe for my 12 week pregnancy instead he said to douche using vinegar-water. Thought it was bad?

It is Cat B: But some does cross the placenta, I do not recommend douching, vaginal Metrogel is safer even though that does not work well if you have trichomonas, if you have BV I would recommend Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) vaginal it is cat b and would wait till you are out of 1st trimester which is 13 1/3 weeks i never rec douching when you are preg but u need to discuss with the doc who is taking care of your pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can a vaginal douche to prevent pregnancy?

Can a vaginal douche to prevent pregnancy?

No way!: Try plan b- can be purchased over the counter- and should be taken within 72 hours of sex- but the sooner the better- if you don't menstruate within 2 weeks of taking the med, you must get a pregnancy test. Please practice safer sex and see a practitioner or health educator to be sure you understand your body and options. ...Read more

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Is male douching effective at preventing pregnancy?

Is male douching effective at preventing pregnancy?

No: What exactly do you mean by "male douching". A douche is a vaginal clean out so not sure what you mean.
Patricio c. Gargollo
assistant professor, pediatric urology
director, pediatric urology robotic and minimally invasive surgery
childrens medical center dallas
214-456-0646
www.Childrens. Com. ...Read more

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Will douching after sex prevent pregnancy?

Will douching after sex prevent pregnancy?

No: It takes between 60 and 90 seconds for the sperm to travel from the vagina through the cervix into the uterus and out of the fallopian tubes to reach your eggs. It takes even less time for the sperm to get into the cervix where they would not be affected by douching. It might help a little, but not much. ...Read more

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I've used a hydrogen douche a few times a month and am trying to conceive. Will that ruin my chance for pregnancy?

I've used a hydrogen douche a few times a month and am trying to conceive.  Will that ruin my chance for pregnancy?

Yes: Every time you douche you are washing out the "good" bacteria that keeps the vaginal pH stable, as well as any sperm that are trying to swim to "Nirvana". ...Read more

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If semen comes near the vaginal area can showering or wiping prevent pregnancy. Can showering, wiping,douching prevent pregnancy

If semen comes near the vaginal area can showering or wiping prevent pregnancy.
Can showering, wiping,douching prevent pregnancy

No: Semen that is deposited in or near the vulva can create pregnancy. Sperm can rapidly ascend into the upper female genital tract and be viable for up to 72 hours. You cannot wash, cleanse, douche or remove sperm that have gotten into the vagina. ...Read more

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Can washing the vagina or douching or wiping reduce the chance of pregnancy if semen has come in contact with vaginal area?

Can washing the vagina or douching or wiping reduce the chance of pregnancy if semen has come in contact with vaginal area?

Here are some...: Yes, but not guarantee to eliminate the odd of conception entirely. If concern to conceive is in mind, do HPT in a wk after missing expected period and repeat it in another wk if the first test is (-) and still in doubt. More? Seek pro-evaluation and counseling timely. ...Read more

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Semen comes in contact or gets near a woman's vulva can showering or wiping or douching prevent pregnancy at all?

Semen comes in contact or gets near a woman's vulva can showering or wiping or douching prevent pregnancy at all?

No: None of the methods you mentioned, showering, wiping or douching are known or effective forms of contraception. If in doubt consider "Plan B" to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. ...Read more

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Does vaginal douching or washing with water after intercourse will increase the risk of ectopic pregnancy?

Does vaginal douching or washing with water after intercourse will increase the risk of ectopic pregnancy?

No, but: This activity will not increase the risk of ectopic, but it will increase the risk of recurrent, bothersome vaginal infections such as yeast infections. ...Read more

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Can showering, douching,wiping prevent pregnancy at all if semen has come in contact or near vagina, vulva?

Can showering, douching,wiping prevent pregnancy at all if semen has come in contact or near vagina, vulva?

Not at all: None of those things will help decrease the risk of pregnancy after intercourse. Use over the counter Plan B if intercourse was within 72 hours to decrease the risk of unplanned pregnancy. Then see a doctor to start birth control to avoid these scares in the future. ...Read more

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Will douching delay my period? Was suppose to start on the 6th of September and negative pregnancy test. Have cramps & lower back pain.

Will douching delay my period? Was suppose to start on the 6th of September and negative pregnancy test. Have cramps & lower back pain.

Douching, why?: Douching is unnecessary and unwise for vaginal health. The vagina is like a "self-cleaning oven" and douching only increases your risks for more serious vaginal infections. ...Read more

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Hi, I am 7 days late on my cycle and I douched on the 17th, the day I was suppose to start, could this be why? I have taken 5 home pregnancy test?

Hi, I am 7 days late on my cycle and I douched on the 17th, the day I was suppose to start, could this be why? I have taken 5 home pregnancy test?

May be testing too: Soon. Home pregnancy test start turning positive 7-10 days after the missed period. You may wish to see your doctor for a more sensitive blood test or wait 4-5 days before testing. Douching is not likely to have affected the period and douching, in general, is not a good idea. See this site for early signs of pregnancy.
http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/pregnancy-am-i-pregnant. ...Read more

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Is senokot (senna) safe for pregnancy? If not what are my alternatives?

Is senokot (senna) safe for pregnancy? If not what are my alternatives?

OK but not frequent: Senekot used occasionally is safe — if used frequently it can damage the bowel. It is recommended to increase fiber and fluids in your diet, use stoll softeners (ducosate sodium) and take a gentle laxative like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) when needed.

As dr. Shim indicated mom is safe and effective as well. ...Read more

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There any safe alternatives for straterra during pregnancy, or are all the add meds about the same in pregnancy?

There any safe alternatives for straterra during pregnancy, or are all the add meds about the same in pregnancy?

Possibly: Straterra is a class c drug which means it has shown to be a risk in animal studies (or no animal studies have been completed) but not enough information exists regarding human studies.

It is best to not take certain medications during the 1st trimester. All medications should be reviewed with your OB physician — preferably before you are actually pregnant.

Many other add meds are also class c. ...Read more

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Dandelion capsules 500 mg as mild diuretic alternative safety during breastfeeding not pregnancy?maximum safe dose?

Dandelion capsules 500 mg as mild diuretic alternative safety during breastfeeding not pregnancy?maximum safe dose?

Better not use it: Although it's a herb, it is still a medicine, safety isn't established in pregnancy or during breastfeeding. It still interacts with other medicines. If you really need a water pill for a medical reason, why not ask your doctor about it. Please don't self medicate, check this link for more information, wish you and your baby wellness,
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-706-dandelion.aspx?activeingredientid=706& ...Read more

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Is neosporin or polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) safe to use for cuts and scrapes in pregnancy? If not, an alternative ointment?

Is neosporin or polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) safe to use for cuts and scrapes in pregnancy? If not, an alternative ointment?

Cuts and Scrapes: Antibiotics are used for infections. These products you mention are safe in pregnancy, but are they necessary for just simple cuts and scrapes? Probably not. Good cleaning with clean bandages may be all you need for an uninfected cut. ...Read more

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Is povindone iodine vaginal pessaries safe to use at 39 weeks pregnancy. What are the side effects to fetus and any alternative for it.?

Is povindone iodine vaginal pessaries safe to use at 39 weeks pregnancy. What are the side effects to fetus and any alternative for it.?

No.: Betadine should be avoided in pregnancy because it can affect the maternal and fetal thyroid glands and cause complications from that. Do not use betadine pessaries in pregnancy! ...Read more

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Is airborne safe during pregnancy?

Is airborne safe during pregnancy?

Wouldn't do it.: Airborne is a cocktail of vitamins and minerals which is supposed to boost the immune system when a common cold is suspected. It contains vitamin a, which in excess may cause birth defects. Also, there is no evidence that airborne is effective at all and you should not waste your money. ...Read more

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Is a drysuit safe during pregnancy?

The issue with a : Dry suit is what you are doing in it. If you are snorkeling or swimming that is fine. If you are diving in a dry suit, that is not healthy during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is Yacon Syrup safe during pregnancy?

Is Yacon Syrup safe during pregnancy?

Yacon syrup: Is a syrup from Peru used for weight loss literature review showed that it is beneficial for premenopausal women
Who are obese and with insulin resistance. Although it seems sake and product is natural, it did not not do any study on pregnancy. It would be wise not to use any medication including herbal or natural during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Which herbs are safe during pregnancy?

None needed: There is no scientific evidence that one should take any herbs during pregnancy as they do not benefit you. Take a Folic Acid vitamin or a prenatal vitamin and you are good to go. ...Read more

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Is Vicks vapo rub safe during pregnancy

Should be: Vaporib is topical and should not have systemic effect. It should not harm the fetus. ...Read more

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Is Prospan safe to use during pregnancy?

Is Prospan safe to use during pregnancy?

Not: Sure. It is made from ivy leaf with multiple pharmacology effect. Not classified by FDA though the have warning for those less than 2 and classified by foreign agents as pregnancy class C ...Read more

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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more