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J Turk Ger Gynecol Assoc. 2020 Mar 6;21(1):29-34. doi: 10.4274/jtgga.galenos.2019.2018.0133. Epub 2019 Mar 1.

Effect of vaginal douching on vaginal flora and genital infection

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1
Department of Health Care Services, Kastamonu University Tosya Vocational High School, Kastamonu, Turkey
2
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Near East University Faculty of Nursing, Nicosia, Cyprus
3
Department of Medical Microbiology, İstanbul Medeniyet University Faculty of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey

Abstract

Objective:

This study aimed at examining the effect of vaginal douching (VD), which is a traditional and cultural application, on the vaginal flora and genital infections.

Material and Methods:

This descriptive study included 190 women including those who did or did not perform VD. A questionnaire survey and vaginal sampling were employed. The collected samples were transported within 8 h for laboratory testing.

Results:

There was no significant difference between the two groups in terms of vaginal flora. In the VD group, only a few patients reported a history of Sexually Transmitted disease (STD), but none in the non-VD group had STDs (p<0.05). No significant difference in infections was noted. However, there was a significant relationship between the history of infections and VD (p<0.01).

Conclusion:

Women who performed VD are at risk for vaginal infections. Further studies are warranted in the future for clinical application.

KEYWORDS:

Vaginal douche; vaginal flora; infection

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