Who doesn't love that freshly showered feeling down there? A little gentle soap and warm water is all you need to clean your lady parts. But some women insist on douching to achieve ultimate cleanliness, which can actually cause more harm than good. In case you're still douching, here are some reasons to stop.
- Increased risk of STIs. According to Dr. Sten H. Vermund of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, "Douching is a harmful activity because it disrupts the healthy vaginal microorganisms and enables STIs to take hold."
- It increases risk of infection. Douching flushes away the natural bacteria and organisms known as your vaginal flora. If your lady business comes in contact with other bacteria, it can lead to infections such as bacterial vaginosis. It can also introduce new bacteria into the vagina, which can spread up through the cervix, uterus, and fallopian tubes.
To hear why else you shouldn't douche
- Women who douche regularly have a 73 percent greater risk for developing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). If left untreated, this can lead to infertility in women or even death.
- Your vagina is a self-cleaning organ.
- If you feel the need to douche because the smell below your belt seems foul or wrong then it's not douche you need, it's a visit to the gyno. A strong odor can be an indication that you have an infection, and if you douche, it could cause more irritation, discharge, and pain. The smell of a woman's vagina doesn't need to be covered up — it's completely natural and men are actually attracted to it.