Many women do not support their intimate scent and are extremely embarrassed by their losses. For them, the vagina is a messy organ that must be cleaned with great gels and other intimate soaps. But for the sake of “good personal hygiene,” some women put their health at risk and engage in practices that can lead to serious problems. Vaginal douches, in particular, have been linked to a higher risk of ovarian cancer. Explanations.
The vaginal douche consists of injecting water and other products for personal hygiene inside the vagina, using an enema pear or other devices. This practice was very popular in antiquity because it was given contraceptive virtues, but science has proved the opposite. Today, it is used by some women to clean the inside of the vagina that they usually find messy. Error !
Contrary to popular belief, the vagina is very clean. It is an organ that self-cleans and is able to protect itself naturally against bacteria and infections. This is the main function of the vaginal flora, which consists of many protective bacteria that promote local immunity. In addition, the vagina has adequate acidity (between 4 and 4.5), to prevent the development of bacteria that can cause fungal infections.
The vagina does not need to be cleaned. Regular vaginal douching and use of aggressive products will not help to purify this intimate area, but rather increase the risk of infections. Indeed, vaginal douches disturb the balance of the vaginal flora and alter its ecosystem by eliminating good bacteria, making the vagina more vulnerable to irritation, infection and fungal infections.
This is a dangerous, aggressive practice that has even been associated with higher risks of ovarian cancer!
According to a study conducted by researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Science and published in the journal Epidemiology, douching would increase the risk of ovarian cancer. The results of this study were born after years of research. Researchers followed more than 41,654 women from the United States and Puerto Rico between 2003 and 2009, aged 35 to 74, with no history of breast cancer, but with sisters affected by the disease. The participants had filled out different questionnaires, on their lifestyle, their state of health, their fertility, but also on their type of personal hygiene (frequency of vaginal shower, use of talc …).
In 2014, researchers resumed this study and analyzed medical data to assess their impact on ovarian cancer. As a result, of the 41,654 women who participated in this study, 154 developed ovarian cancer, and women who performed vaginal douching 12 months before the start of the study accounted for 20% of diagnosed cases. This practice has been associated with a higher risk of ovarian cancer of 80%.
According to Clarice Weinberg of the National Institute of Environmental Health Science, no previous study had found a link between ovarian cancer and vaginal douching. She also pointed out that douching is useless because the vagina is able to clean itself, and this practice disrupts the natural balance of the vaginal flora, resulting in serious infections.
The researchers also assessed the link between ovarian cancer and talc. This product was used, one year before the study, by 12% of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and by 14% of those who had not developed this disease. The researchers concluded that there was no significant relationship between ovarian cancer and the use of talc.
Given these scientific data, we can conclude that vaginal douches are to be avoided, to prevent all types of infections, irritations, and prevent ovarian cancer.
Tips for good personal hygiene:
It is advisable to wash the outer part of the vulva, using pure water. Avoid venturing a little further inside your vagina and do not use products called “soft” and specially designed to clean this intimate part. They contain chemicals that disrupt the vaginal ecosystem and can cause irritation.