Why You Should Never Douche If You Have Bacterial Vaginosis

Over the years many forms of hygienic treatments have been developed which have mostly become a part of the everyday routine of people, such as bathing, brushing their teeth, flossing, taking vitamins, and so on. This is especially true for women, since most of the hygienic practices they do today are mostly because of the rise of many products on the market that guarantee a healthier life, better form and figure, and other such product promises. What many do not know, however, is that some of these products and practices are not always needed, and may be best used sparingly, since the body was originally built to have its own natural forms of hygienic processes.

One example of a hygienic procedure made popular because of product development is the process of douching. Vaginal douching is the practice of rinsing or cleaning out the vagina. Being a common practice for women all over the world, douching has become an accepted method of vaginal hygiene to prevent or even treat infection. While there are numerous commercial douche packages available in pharmacies and supermarkets, there are also those made from common household materials, such as water, baking soda, vinegar, medicinal herbs mixed with water, and even iodine solutions. Regardless of the fact that these preparations are intended to clean the vagina and prevent infections, many studies suggest that douching actually promotes the very thing it is supposed to prevent or treat: infections.

Clinical studies have revealed that douching can actually result in various forms of health problems in women, such as irritation and inflammation of the vaginal tissues and promote certain diseases. Among the infections and diseases observed to arise from such irritations resulting from douching are pelvic inflammatory disease or PID, and bacterial vaginosis. PID is the infection of the uterus or fallopian tubes and is particularly worrisome because it can lead to either infertility or even an ectopic pregnancy. PID also carries with it the increased risk of a miscarriage and even premature birth.

Bacterial vaginosis, also an infection promoted by douching, is an equally bothersome condition since it results in symptoms that can be quite embarrassing, such as a foul-smelling abnormal discharge from the vagina, especially prominent after sexual intercourse, severe itchiness in the vaginal region, irritation and swelling, and even painful cramp-like stomach spasms.

Hence it is not always beneficial to be douching or washing with various commercial products, since the vagina also has its own natural hygienic processes, aided by a population of naturally-occurring bacteria that lives in a carefully balanced culture.

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