Many women don’t like their intimate smell and are extremely embarrassed. For them, the vagina is a dirty organ that must be cleaned with gels and other intimate soaps. But in order to have a “good personal hygiene,” some women put their health at risk and engage in practices that can lead to serious problems. Douching, particularly, has been linked to the highest risk of ovarian cancer.
Douching involves injecting water and other products for personal hygiene inside the vagina, using a douche bag or other devices. This practice was popular in ancient times, because it gave woman contraceptive virtues, but science has proved the contrary.
Contrary to popular belief, the vagina is very clean. It is an organ that cleans itself and is capable of protecting itself naturally against bacteria and infections. This is the main function of the vaginal flora, which is made up of many protective bacteria that promote local immunity. In addition, the vagina has an adequate acidity (between 4 and 4.5), to prevent the development of bacteria that can cause mycoses.
The vagina does not need to be cleaned. Making regular douches and using harsh products will not help to cleanse the intimate area, but rather increase the risk of infections. In fact, douching disrupts the balance of the vaginal flora and alters its ecosystem by eliminating bacteria, which makes the vagina more susceptible to irritation, infections and fungal infections.