Many women dislike intimate odors and are very embarrassed. For them, the vagina is a dirty organ and needs to be washed with gel or other intimate soap. However, in order to maintain “good personal hygiene,” some women engage in practices that endanger their health and can lead to serious problems. In particular, Douching is associated with the highest risk of ovarian cancer.
Douting involves injecting water and other products into the vagina for personal hygiene using a Dutch bag or other device. This practice was popular in ancient times because it gives women the virtues of contraception, but science has proved the opposite.
Contrary to what is generally believed, the vagina is very clean. It is an organ that can clean itself and protect itself from bacteria and infections. This is the main function of the vaginal flora, which is composed of many protective bacteria that promote local immunity. In addition, the vagina has the proper acidity (4-4.5) to prevent the development of bacteria that can cause fungal diseases.
You don’t have to clean your vagina. Regular irrigation and the use of harsh products do not help cleanse intimate areas, but rather increase the risk of infection. In fact, douting upsets the vaginal flora and alters its ecosystem by eliminating bacteria. This makes the vagina more susceptible to irritation, infections and fungal infections.
This is a dangerous act, aggressive, and associated with a high risk of ovarian cancer.
According to a study by researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, it is listed in the Journal of Epidemiology, doubling the risk of ovarian cancer. The results of this study became apparent after many years of research. Researchers tracked more than 41,654 women in the United States and Puerto Rico between 2003 and 2009. She is 35 to 74 years old and has no history of breast cancer, but her sisters are affected by breast cancer. Participants answered various questionnaires not only about lifestyle, health and fertility, but also about the type of personal hygiene (frequency of ducking, use of talc, etc.).
In 2014, researchers repeated their studies and analyzed medical data to assess their effects on ovarian cancer. RESULTS: Of the 41,654 women who participated in the study, 154 developed ovarian cancer and 20% of the diagnosed women were douting 12 months before the start of the study. This practice is associated with a risk of over 80% ovarian cancer.
According to Clarice R. Weinberg of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, no studies have found a link between ovarian cancer and douting. She also emphasized that irrigation is not required as the vagina can clean itself, and this practice disturbs the natural balance of the vaginal flora and causes serious infections.
The researchers also evaluated the association between ovarian cancer and talc. This product was used a year before the study and was used in 12% of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer and 14% of women who did not develop ovarian cancer. Therefore, the researchers concluded that there was no significant association between ovarian cancer and talc use.
Given these scientific data, we can conclude that douting should be avoided in order to prevent all kinds of infections, inflammation and ovarian cancer.
Tips for good personal hygiene
It is recommended to wash the outside of the vulva with pure water. Avoid a little more adventure inside the vagina and do not use products that are labeled “soft” and specially designed to clean this intimate part. They contain chemicals that can destroy the vaginal ecosystem and cause irritation.