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Are Vaginal Douches Safe?

By January 9, 2006

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Vaginal Douching
A vaginal douche is a process of rinsing or cleaning the vagina by forcing water or another solution into the vaginal cavity to flush away vaginal discharge or other contents. Sounds simple enough, right? Then why do vaginal infections sometimes follow vaginal douching?
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June 7, 2007 at 12:58 am
(1) Lauren D. says:

I just wanted to thank you for posting this article. It has really helped to answer my questions and open my eyes. I recently moved to Panama and went to a gyno here for the first time. The gyno told me that he recommends that all of his patients do water douches with the bidet faucet (most houses here have them). he recommends they be done every day and each time after intercourse. Having always been told douches were a no non from my mother i questioned him, he assured me that this was incorrect and that only douches with “stuff” in them should be avoided, so i took his word. I have been doing it since last friday and it has been creeping me out (thought of bacteria on bidet faucet (even though i sanitized it) and sensation of being flushed out). I decided to do a little research and came across this article. Now i am scared that i may have done myself harm and wondered if you could either offer me any assurance that i have not harmed myself in such a short time or a recommendation on how to fix “it”. Thank you

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