Here’s what you need to know – theNational Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has linked ovarian cancer with this simple “procedure”, which is routinely practiced by millions of American women. The famous epidemiology professor at the University of California, San Francisco, Joelle Brown, said that although she knew about other health problems associated with douching, the link between douching and ovarian cancer took her by surprise.
Joelle Brown said:
“While most doctors and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists strongly recommend that women do not douche, many women continue to douche because they falsely perceive douching to have positive health benefits, such as increased cleanliness,”.
She also said that women should stop doing this “procedure”, because it’s very dangerous and it could double the risk of cancer.Ovarian cancer is known as “the silent killer” because women often experience no symptoms until the disease has progressed to an advanced stage. An estimated 20,000 American women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and about 14,500 die from it annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
According to the latest statistics, the experts say that more than 41,000 women throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico since 2003 as part of the Sister Study. Participants were 35 to 74 years old, and each had a sister who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. The subjects were free of breast and ovarian cancer when they enrolled in the study. And, you should also know that by July 2014, researchers counted 154 cases of ovarian cancer among participants. Women who reported douching during the year before entering the study nearly doubled their risk of ovarian cancer, the study found.
Note: the relation between douching and ovarian cancer was even stronger when the authors looked only at women who didn’t have breast-cancer genes in their family. Well, the experts say that vaginas naturally clean themselves, and squirting cleansers or other mixtures inside the canal only interferes with nature’s balance. Douching can cause an overgrowth of harmful bacteria, lead to yeast infections, and push bacteria up into the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. And, unfortunately, more than one quarter of women between the ages of 15 and 44 douche.
You’ll be shocked when we tell you that some women douched as far back as 1500 B.C., when an Egyptian papyrus recommended intravaginal washing with garlic and wine to treat menstrual disorders. American women once douched with Lysol, and some mistook the toilet bowl disinfectant for birth control.Women often learn to douche from their mothers and the experts say that they do so because they see douching as a necessary part of good hygiene, to prepare for sex, to clean up after sex and at the urging of their male partners.
Unfortunately, despite medical recommendations, douching remains a common practice because many women think that the products they are using would not be for sale or recommended by their mothers if they were not safe.
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