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5 Reasons Not to Douche

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.

  1. 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."
  2. 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


  1. 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.
  2. Your vagina is a self-cleaning organ.
  3. 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.


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Miss-Senorita Miss-Senorita 8 years
Nope never did it don't plan on it now.
a-million-suns a-million-suns 8 years
Our culture is dangerously obsessed with hygiene. To an unhealthy extent, ironically.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Oh, man, douching is probably the worst thing ever for your vagina. I'm a microbiologist and I get to see all sorts of interesting things that grow down there. If you wash off all the good flora that live down there, you practically invite yeast and things like Gardnerella vaginosa to grow down there. And if you think you don't smell "fresh", trust smell a lot worse if you have an infection down there.
MegN MegN 8 years
I thought every women knew not to do that...
partysugar partysugar 8 years
I saw just this headline and thought it was going to be "5 Reasons Not to Douche" as in date a douche bag!
amelioratelj amelioratelj 8 years
Why are they even on the market these days? Wisen up, women!
care0531 care0531 8 years
I thought they stopped making this stuff years ago!
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
I haven't ever entertained this idea.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I never would, simply because showering daily keeps it clean.
Pistil Pistil 8 years
I thought this was common sense.
lindssaurussss lindssaurussss 8 years
they should only be bought as gag gifts. lol
KadBunny KadBunny 8 years
Ughh cringe. My mom used to have one of those stupid looking bags lying around the house (wtf right? :P) and only ten years later did I figure out what it's for. Ughhh gross gross gross
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
not to mention it would be embarrassing to buy!!
Carrie14884290 Carrie14884290 8 years
Wow, I can't believe women actually do that.
dm8bri dm8bri 8 years
Ugh, douching has just always sounded really gross to me. Especially since d-bag is a common insult now.
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