This is a dangerous practice, aggressive and has even been linked to higher risks of ovarian cancer!
According to a study by researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and published in the Journal of Epidemiology, douching multiples the risk of ovarian cancer. The results of this study have emerged after years of research. The researchers followed more than 41,654 women in the United States and Puerto Rico between 2003 and 2009, aged 35 to 74 without breast cancer history, but having sisters affected by the disease. The participants had filled various questionnaires on their lifestyle, their health, their fertility, but also on the type of personal hygiene (douching frequency, use of talc …).
In 2014, researchers repeated the study and analyzed the medical data to assess their impact on ovarian cancer. Result: out of the 41,654 women who participated in the study, 154 developed ovarian cancer, and women who were practicing douching 12 months before the start of the study were 20% of diagnosed cases. This practice has been associated with risk of cancer of the ovaries higher than 80%.
According Clarice R. Weinberg, the National Institute of Environmental Health Science, no study had previously found a link between ovarian cancer and douching. She also stressed that douching is unnecessary since the vagina is able to clean itself, and that this practice disturbs the natural balance of the vaginal flora, causing serious infections.