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A douche is a method of rinsing or cleaning out the vagina by squirting water or other solutions into it. Approximately 37 percent of American women between the ages of 15 and 44 douche regularly.
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, it is best to let the vagina clean itself, since the chemical balance of the vagina is highly sensitive. Women who douche often are at a greater risk for developing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) or other problems.
Some women believe that douching after sex can prevent pregnancy. However, this is not the case. Studies also show that douching greatly increases the chance of ectopic pregnancy, which can be a life-threatening condition.
(Click Douche to read more detail about the reasons why many women choose to douche, as well as additional information on the safety of the practice.)
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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