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



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.


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).


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


Vaginal douche; vaginal flora; infection

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