Although the vagina cleans itself, 25% of women use douching to clean it, which doubles the risk of ovarian cancer. According to past studies, douching is indeed related to vaginal infections, but the latest research has added ovarian tumors on the list of risks.
“And while gynecologists urge women not to douche the vagina with irrigator, they see a health benefit in it and a way to maintain their hygiene,” says Joelle Brown, an epidemiologist, and adds that it’s vital to stop douching.
The problem with ovarian cancer is that its symptoms are very vague and it is usually diagnosed in the late stages, that’s why it’s dubbed the silent killer. There was a study published in the journal of Epidemiology which studied 41 000 women from USA and Puerto Rico in 2013. The women were aged 35-74 and some had a family history of tumors.
When the study started all the women had a clean bill of health. After a year, in 2014, 154 subjects were diagnosed with ovarian tumor. The women who used douching for a year had doubled their risk of ovarian cancer and this risk was even higher for those who had a family history of the disease.
Clarice Veinberg of the Environmental Health Research Institute from South Carolina says that no previous study had discovered this connection. She continues by adding that douching the vagina is completely unnecessary and that it disrupts the natural balance inside. It can cause bacterial infections and damage to the reproductive system. She’s surprised why so many women still use it even though it’s health detrimental.
If you want to avoid complications and health problems you should only wash your private parts with warm water and sometimes soap. Anything that’s perfumed and full of chemicals can damage your reproductive organs beyond repair.
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