Don’t use commercial douches!
Vaginal douching is the process of cleansing the vagina internally with a liquid solution. It’s often used for personal hygiene after menstruation or sex. But here’s the thing: while douching may sound good in theory, it can cause more harm than good. Douching can lead to many health problems, including vaginal infection and even sexually transmitted diseases, suggests Womenshealth.gov.
Douching interferes with healthy vaginal flora and the natural acidity in the vagina. A healthy vagina needs good and harmful bacteria to maintain an acidic environment. This acidic environment will protect your vagina from irritation and infections. Moreover, douching can cause an overgrowth of harmful bacteria, leading to yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis (BV) and pelvic inflammatory disease, suggests a study from The University of Alabama.