Recent studies and researches reveal the ugly truth about douching is dangerous for your health. It is a method to wash out the vagina, usually with a mixture of water and vinegar. Douches that are sold in drugstores and supermarkets contain antiseptics and fragrances.
An estimated 20% to 40% of American women between ages 15 and 44 say they use a vaginal douche. Higher rates are seen in teens and African-American and Hispanic women. Besides making themselves feel fresher, women say they douche to get rid of unpleasant odors, wash away menstrual blood after their period, avoid getting sexually transmitted diseases, and prevent a pregnancy after intercourse.
With that being said, the chances of ovarian cancer development are higher. We all know that cancer is the most dangerous disease.
Experts link this so called vagina self cleaning with many other health diseases like reduced fertility, yeast infections, pelic inflammatory disease, different kind of infections etc.
Joelle Brown is epidemiology professor at the University of California, San Francisco, and she was not involved in the study, but she said that link between douching and ovarian cancer took her by surprise.
Even though, almost all of the gynecologist and doctors do not recommend douching as a method of cleaning the vagina, some women continue to do it, watching only the positive side of it, that is better hygiene.
The ovarian cancer is called “silent killer” as majority women don’t experience any symptoms until the disease has progressed to an advanced stage.
As Cancer Research UK said, each year about 7,300 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Unfortunately, only 35 % of patients remain on long-term survival.
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 20,000 American women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and about 14,500 die from it annually.
The newest analysis in the journal Epidemiolog followed over 41,000 women throughout the US. and Puerto Rico since 2003. The participants were at the age between 35 and 74, and every woman had a sister who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. When participants enrolled in the study, they were free of breast and ovarian cancer.
This study concluded that women who reported douching during the previous year from entering the study nearly doubled their risk of ovarian cancer.
The authors came to even stronger connection between douching and ovarian cancer when they looked only at women who didn’t have breast-cancer genes in their family.