A study from the University of Alabama found that 65 percent of women feel that douching prevents infection and pregnancy. Douchers usually learn this bad habit from their mothers.

There's no reason for a woman ever to douche. It cannot treat or prevent vaginal infections and venereal diseases, and it cannot prevent sperm from entering the uterus. The vagina is protected by secretions that wash away bacteria and cellular debris continuously. Flushing fluids into the vagina can force bacteria from the vagina into the uterus to increase a woman's chances of getting a uterine infection. It also forces sperm further up into the uterus and increases a woman's chances of having a tubal pregnancy.

1) Douching beliefs and practices among black and white women. Journal of Womens Health & Gender - Based Medicine, 2002, Vol 11, Iss 1, pp 29-37. E Funkhouser, L Pulley, G Lueschen, C Costello, E Hook, SH Vermund. Funkhouser E, Univ Alabama, Dept Epidemiol & Int Hlth, Sch Publ Hlth, 230RPHB, 1530 3rd Ave S, Birmingham,AL 35294 USA.

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