WHAT IS DOUCHING?
The term ”Douche” is a French word that means ‘‘to wash” or ”to soak”. Vaginal douching is an act of soaking or washing out the vagina with water and vinegar. Douches usually come in a bottle and is sprayed up into the vagina for “cleansing”. In recent times, douches and “vaginal soaps” are commonly sold in medicine stores and supermarkets.
The vagina mucus is meant to be as a natural cleansing agent to the vaginal environment. Washing the outside of the vagina with mild soap and clean water during regular bathing is sufficient for good hygiene. The presence of an abnormal vaginal odor or discharge might be a sign of an infection. Douching would only make the infection worse. Nonetheless, if you notice any abnormality around the vaginal, visit your health-care professional for diagnosis and treatment. However, douching before such a visit can make a proper diagnosis difficult.
EFFECTS OF DOUCHING
The following are some of the efects of douching
1. Vaginal infections
The vagina has some natural bacteria which are called vaginal flora. Douching compromises the natural balance of these floras and disrupts the normal PH of the vaginal. This can cause changes that may subject the reproductive environment to become favorable for the growth of disease-causing bacteria. Having vaginal bacterial infections can increase the risk of preterm labor and sexually transmitted infections.
2. Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
Women who engage in douching can spread harmful bacteria up into the reproductive tract. Such persons have a very high chance of getting PID. Pelvic inflammatory disease is an infection of the reproductive organs in the pelvic cavity. These organs include the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries.
3. Pregnancy complications.
Women who douche more have an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy by 70%. Such women also have a high risk of difficulty getting pregnant (infertility). Douching has also been linked to the risk of developing cervical cancer.