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Doctors do not recommend that women douche, which is rinsing out the vagina by squirting water or a solution into the vagina. Women who douche have more vaginal problems and more pelvic infections than women who do not douche.
Douching changes the normal balance of fluids in your vagina. This can make you more likely to get a vaginal infection, such as bacterial vaginosis (BV).
Douching will not prevent pregnancy. Douching also may cause problems during pregnancy.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: July 17, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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