Were you looking for information about a Douche? Douch is a common misspelling of douche.
A douche is a method of rinsing or cleaning out the vagina by squirting water or other solutions into it. 37 percent of American women between the ages of 15 to 44 do this on a regular basis. Of these women, about half do so on a weekly basis. A few of the reasons that women give for douching include reducing odors, avoiding sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and rinsing away blood after a menstrual period. However, healthcare providers don't recommend the practice.
Products like feminine hygiene soaps, powders, and sprays are not necessary, and may even be harmful. Douching changes the delicate chemical balance in the vagina, which can make a woman more prone to bacterial infections or problems with getting pregnant. Because the chemical balance of the vagina is highly sensitive, it is best to let the vagina clean itself. The vagina naturally does this through secretions of mucus. Warm water and gentle, unscented soap during the bath or shower is the best way to clean the outside areas of the vagina.
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Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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