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Women who douche squirt water or other solutions into the vagina to clean or rinse it out. Approximately 37 percent of American women between the ages of 15 and 44 engage in this practice regularly -- and about half of these women do so on a weekly basis. Some 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 recommend that women let the vagina clean itself, since its chemical balance is highly sensitive.
Using a douche after sex does not prevent pregnancy, but it may affect a woman's ability to get pregnant. Women who did this more than once a week had the lowest pregnancy rate, and there may be a link between frequent douching and low birthweight babies.
(Click Douche to read the complete eMedTV article on this topic, which provides more detail about the safety of douching and discusses how to properly clean the vagina.)
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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