Stop Douching: Never Wash Inside Your Vagina

Johannesburg - Dr Taheera Hassim, a gynaecologist and obstetrician at Netcare Sunninghill Hospital in Johannesburg says bacterial vaginosis is one of the most common vaginal infections affecting young women.

This is a mild infection in the vagina which develops when there is an imbalance between the helpful “good” bacteria in the vagina and invasive “bad” bacteria.

While it is is not a se.xually transmitted disease, Dr Hassim said, the chances of developing the condition seem to increase with the number of se.xual partners a woman has, although even women who have had no s.ex also get it.”

Dr Kim Sonntag, a gynaecologist at the Rondebosch Medical Centre in Cape Town, said that the main symptom of bacterial vaginosis is a vaginal discharge and an unpleasant odour.
Douching can Cause Health Problems 

Other symptoms can include pain and itching, although most young women with the infection might not notice any symptoms. This is concerning as untreated bacterial vaginosis may cause other problems.

“People also mistake it for thrush. Thrush commonly has a thick, white vaginal discharge with itching. Bacterial vaginosis has a discoloured or milky, watery type discharge.”

It is more likely to occur when women douche. Douching is washing or cleaning the inside of the vagina with water or other fluids. “The vagina is like the eye in that it cleans itself. If you have an embarrassing problem go and speak to your doctor. 

Some women argue douching makes them feel cleaner but vaginal washing could be dangerous. Previous studies have linked douching to cervical cancer, reduced fertility, yeast infections, pelvic inflammatory disease - an infection of the uterus - and ectopic pregnancies.

Last year, experts at the National Institute of Environmental Sciences, revealed women who douche are doubling their risk of developing ovarian cancer.

Ovarian cancer is known as the silent killer because women often experience no symptoms until the disease has progressed to an advanced stage.You might need to take a special antibiotic for a week but you must immediately stop douching. 

“You do not need to wash your vagina. This only makes bacterial vaginosis worse,” she said. - Daily Sun


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