Washing the vagina (the inner part of the female private part) is such an important issue. In fact, it has a name. It is called douching.
Now you may had heard that it is not advisable to wash the vagina with anything, even water. It might even sound shocking, right?
Here are some reasons why Health workers discourage douching
(1) The vagina, like other parts of the body, has bacteria. A healthy vagina has both good and bad bacteria living
together in an acidic environment. This acidity of the vagina protects it from many infections.
When you wash your vagina, you upset this balance & may cause overgrowth of the harmful bacteria. When this
happens, it increases the risk of yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis.
(2) This is even worse. For those who already have an infection and are still washing the vagina, this may push the
infection up into the uterus, fallopian tubes and even the ovaries.
What does this cause?
I’ll tell you. Ever heard of Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) ?
You literally use your hand to do yourself.
(3) Douching also increases the risk of other problems like Vaginal dryness and irritation, Pre-term birth, Ectopic pregnancy, STIs , even HIV!
This is because washing the vagina makes it less efficient at fighting off infections.
So how should you keep the vagina clean, if you’re not allowed to wash it?
Your vagina cleans itself. It does this by secreting mucous. This mucous washes away semen, blood, anything that
shouldn’t be in the vagina.
Also, i want you to understand that a healthy vagina has a mild odour. This is normal and natural. Don’t let anyone
make you ashamed of a normal vagina.
Now, if you’re worried about any scent from your vagina that isn’t the normal smell, please see your Doctor about it.
I’m discussing this topic because there are many young women whose lives have been affected by recurrent vaginal
discharges and foul odours. Many of them engage in douching without recognising the harmful effects of this act.
Please refrain from it! Your vagina cleans itself!
By Victoria E.I