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Friday, 30 November 2018

Infertility and Disease infections as Health risks involved in Douching


There is no gain saying the fact that the body of the female gender is somewhat complicated. It is also a well known fact that the ladies are usually wont to be meticulous about their bodies, and this reflects in their propensity for giving extra attention to their body. Perhaps as a result, douching has become common place with the female folks especially the younger ladies. Douching is the practice of washing or wiping out the vagina with water or different blends of liquids. But experts say it is not a very healthy habit to cultivate, and so warn against it.

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Statistics in America for instance, says just about one of every five ladies aged 15 to 44 years of age practice douching. But health experts have strongly warned against the practice. Douching can prompt numerous medical issues including issues having to do with being able to conceive. In addition, douching has been associated with a number of vaginal infections and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Majority of medical experts suggest therefore that ladies refrain from douching. This is because douching has been found to alter the fundamental balance of the natural vaginal flora (microscopic organisms or important bacteria that inhabit the vagina) as well as the normal acidity in a very normal vagina.

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In a healthy vagina reside natural useful bacteria. The equilibrium and harmony that exists in the vaginal environment of microorganisms helps to sustain an acidic situation. The acidic condition shields the vagina from diseases or discomfort.

Research has shown many at times that douching can cause an overproduction of destructive microbes within the vaginal environment which can easily prompt a yeast disease or bacterial vaginosis. If it so happens that you now have a vaginal infection, douching can push the microorganisms causing the disease up into the uterus, fallopian tubes, as well as ovaries thereby leading to serious health issues such as, pelvic inflammatory Disease (PID).

A Nigerian consultant oncologist, Dr. Omolola Salako, in a forum said, “Douching could lead to the spread of harmful bacteria in the reproductive tract if the vagina is infected. Any strong odour or irritation means something is wrong.”

Thus douching has been associated with a number of medical issues. Experts have found the connection between douching and the following health conditions:
• Bacterial vaginosis (BV), which is a contamination in the vagina. Ladies who douche regularly like in a once weekly basis, are five times more exposed to contracting BV than ladies who don't have the habit.

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• Pelvic inflammatory Disease, a contamination in the female reproductive organs that is usually as a result of an STI.

• Problems in the course of pregnancy, including preterm birth and ectopic pregnancy

• STIs, including HIV

• Vaginal discomfort or dryness

Also for now, health scientists have been researching in the case of douching – to ascertain if it causes these issues or whether the ladies at higher risks for these medical issues are the ones who tend to douche more.

Clearly they say douching can make it more difficult for a woman to achieve pregnancy as well as complicate issues in the course of pregnancy such as in the followings:

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Difficulty achieving pregnancy
Ladies who regularly douched like once in a month had a harder time achieving pregnancy than those ladies who did not practice this behaviour.

Higher danger of ectopic pregnancy
Douching is likely to increase a lady's chances of having damaged fallopian tubes as well as ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy is the point at which pregnancy results from gestation elsewhere instead of in the uterus. Ectopic pregnancy can pose a danger to life if it is not taken care of. It can likewise make it difficult for a woman to get pregnant later in life.

Higher danger for preterm birth
Douching raises the danger of you having premature birth. Research has so far shown that women who douched in the course of pregnancy were bound to put to bed before full term. This consequently is likely to raise or complicate medical issues for you and your newborn, experts say.

Experts have as a result of the inherent dangers of douching advised women to always wash with plain water while avoiding trying to clean the inside of the vagina; nature has already worked out a mechanism for that. Also, they say you must not apply soaps especially highly scented soaps or anything else for that matter into your most sacred moist places.

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