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Are femine douches good or bad for you?

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Marianne DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
7 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Marianne DiNapoli
Marianne DiNapoli
Answer assisted by Marianne Di Napoli, Medical Student
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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Bad

Frequent douching destroys the "normal": protective bacteria that keep serious vaginal infections away.
The perfumes in the douches also are not good for the vagina either.The vagina has its' own "cleansing system" naturally!

In brief: Bad

Frequent douching destroys the "normal": protective bacteria that keep serious vaginal infections away.
The perfumes in the douches also are not good for the vagina either.The vagina has its' own "cleansing system" naturally!
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Dr. Wayne Ingram
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Dr. Denise Reeves
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Douches

Generally, these are considered "bad" because of the possibility of forcing bacteria through the cervix and causing uterine or pelvic infections.

In brief: Douches

Generally, these are considered "bad" because of the possibility of forcing bacteria through the cervix and causing uterine or pelvic infections.
Dr. Denise Reeves
Dr. Denise Reeves
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