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What Is Douching For Women
What is douching? I know it's something women do (maybe guys do it too) but what is it and why do they do it?
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
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
How often should a woman douche? How important is it? Does it matter if it is scented or should I purchase the vinegar douche only?
Personal pref.: Overall, douching is not necessary as it can get rid of natural bacteria and components that are often "healthy" in a normal vagina. If you feel the need to douche due to odor or feeling uncomfortable with your vaginal area, than no more than 3-4 times a year should be done, because as stated, you do not want to disrupt the normal vaginal flora that helps keep your "balance."scented or reg up 2u. 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
No: For the vast majority of women, these products have more potential for harm than good. You should be able to maintain your own hygiene and ph without help of pharmaceuticals, however if you're having a problem see a gyn rather than using those products. Read more
I'm a 53 year old female going through menopause. Douching burns inside and it never has before. Why?
Atrophy: During menopause the vagina has less estrogen and less lubrication, and ph can also rise, leading to increased propensity for bacterial vaginosis. Gyn doctors uniformly do not recommend douching as it removed your good bacteria (lactobaccilli) and can leave vagina more susceptible to infection with bacterial vaginosis. You may need estrogen or you may need antibiotics or probiotics. See gyn doctor. Read more
19 yr old female experiencing burning, itching, smelly and sometimes clearish white discharge. It's been 6 months. Never douche. What is the problem?
Semen comes in contact or gets near a woman's vulva can showering or wiping or douching prevent pregnancy at all?
Do you recommend douching after sexual intercourse as a means to remove sperm, odor and leakage in a menopausal woman?
26 yearold female, found 2have vaginal yeast infection. Is intense cleaning of the genital area (no douching)worsen the condition? Ideal cleaning method?
Intense cleaning?: Intense cleaning of a woman's genital area is not a good idea! A gentle, normal amount of daily cleaning is fine. Intense cleaning can make things worse by roughing up all the surfaces, not to mention making a person very unhappy. Read more
Can a woman get pregnant from masturbation If semen comes in contact with the vagina or vulva does showering, wiping or douching prevent pregnancy?
R/O PREGNANCY: Yes it is possible. To be safe check a HPT Read more
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
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