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Many women may douche to help remove blood after a menstrual cycle, reduce odors, or wash away semen to avoid pregnancy. However, this process of cleaning out the vagina is not typically recommended by many healthcare providers. Douching can disrupt the delicate balance of chemicals in the vagina (vaginal flora). As a result, it can cause problems, such as bacterial infections or pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Studies have also shown that douching significantly increases the chance of ectopic pregnancy, which can be a life-threatening condition.
(To read the full eMedTV article, click Douche. This article further discusses why many healthcare providers do not recommend douching and describes other complications this process may cause. You can also click any of the links in the box to the right for specific information.)
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