Douching is the practice that squirts water or fluid in the vagina in order to clean it and has become very popular recently. However, according to the scientists, this method doubles the risk of ovarian cancer.
A poll ran by Express.co.uk revealed that 29% of 232 women polled douche regularly, and 57% of them say they have never done it. 14% of the women have done it once or twice.
Previous studies have connected the method to reduced fertility, ectopic pregnancy, yeast infections and pelvic inflammatory disease, and a certain study has even linked it to ovarian cancer. Joelle Brown, the epidemiology professor at the University of California, San Francisco, admits that the connection between douching and ovarian cancer surprised her. “While most of the doctors and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists strongly recommend that women don’t douche, lots of women continue to douche because they falsely perceive that douching has positive health benefits, such as increased cleanliness.”
Ovarian cancer is one of the top cancer killers in the world which rarely is detected in the early stages, as it doesn’t show symptoms until it’s just too late. Only in the USA, about 20 000 women are diagnosed with it every year, with even 14 500 dying from the disease.
The study that was published in the Journal of Epidemiology,was following more than 41 000 females in the USA and Puerto Ricosince 2003. The subjects had a member in their family with breast cancer, and they had no traces of cancer when they entered the study. They were aged 35-74.
The results from the research showed that there were 154 cases of ovarian cancer by the year 2014, and women who admitted to douching one year before the study had doubled the risk of ovarian cancer, and that only strengthens the connection between the method and the disease. The link between douching and ovarian cancer was even stronger when the researchers looked only at women who didn’t have any breast-cancer genes in their family.
These studies show that you have to avoid douching and clean your vagina only with warm water.