Although the vagina cleans itself, 25% of women use douching to clean it, which doubles the risk of ovarian cancer. According to past studies, douching is indeed related to vaginal infections, but the latest research has added ovarian tumors on the list of risks.
“And while gynecologists urge women to not evaporated vagina with irrigator, they see in it a health benefit, such as hygiene,” says Joelle Brown, an epidemiologist, and adds that it’s vital to stop douching.
Ovarian tumor is a silent killer which doesn’t show any symptoms until it’s too late. A recent analysis of a study published in the Epidemiology journal that followed more than 41 000 women in the USA and Puerto Rico since 2013. The women were aged 35-74, and had a sister suffering from breast cancer. At the beginning of the study, neither of the subjects were suffering from any type of cancer.
By 2014, 154 subjects were diagnosed with ovarian tumor. Women who used douching one year before the start of the study had doubled their risk of ovarian cancer, and the link was even stronger among women who had a family history of the disease.
Clarice Veinberg of the Environmental Health Research Institute from South Carolina says that no previous study had discovered this connection. She also says that there’s no reason to use douching, and many against. The vagina cleans itself naturally and squirting anything inside disrupts the natural balance and causes bacterial infections that can damage your reproductive health. However, women aged 15-44 still use the method.
In order to avoid health problems, you should clean the vagina only with warm water and soap, and never use perfumes, gels or lotions which can do more harm than good.