Is Douching Good For Your Vagina?

Back in those good ol’ days all those crabby people on Fox News keep yearnin’ fer, douching was billed as the modern woman’s solution for that embarrassing vaginal odor. People really believed that the vagina should smell like flowers or nothing at all. Manufacturers sold tons of douching related products and made a crap ton of money.

While douching had been around since around 400 BC, it was between the 1920’s and 50’s where it really picked up speed and popularity. It sold faster ever before. Douche was flying off the shelves. There was douche everywhere and then there wasn’t.

Over time the research began to pile up that. It showed that shoving vinegar, Lysol (yes Lysol) and – in some cases – Clorox into your vagina was a bad idea. Not only should you not be shoving household cleaners into your vagina but you also shouldn’t be doing anything to disturb the natural balance of your healthy bacteria laden vagina.

Why? Because that can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections and make it easier to catch an STI. Without the good bacteria in your vagina to keep things in balance, your vagina is easy prey for any old microbe walking by.

Moral of the story, don’t douche. Also, don’t shove Lysol up your cooch… that’s really important.

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