It might look like something that could be good for you but oh how wrong it is! Before we dive into the reasons why douching isn’t the best way to keep your V healthy, let's talk about what a douche actually is and what it does.
What’s a douche?
Besides your rude coworker or crappy ex-boyfriend, a douche is a prepackaged bottle or bag that is filled with a mixture of water, baking soda, and vinegar. It is used to "clean" and flush out any bacteria in your vagina. One of the most common reasons why women douche is that they are experiencing vaginal odor.
If you didn't know already, your V is actually self-cleaning. Inside your V, there is a combo of good and bad bacteria which creates a healthy balance of bacteria that can fight off potential infections. When you use a douche, you can risk a growth of bad bacteria inside your V or you can push an already existing infection further up into your V. Using a douche can actually lead to infections like bacterial vaginosis (BV), an STI or even cause pregnancy problems.
Douching is only a temporary fix for your V. Cleaning the outside of your V is great but there is no need to clean internally since it is cleaning itself out naturally already. If you are experiencing problems with your V and have reason to believe that you have an infection, your best bet would be consulting with your doctor. Trust in your V’s self-cleaning magic and steer clear from those spooky douches, ladies!
By Emily Munroe