Ovarian cancer is known as “silent killer”, because the symptoms of the disease appear too later. In 2013 more than 20,000 women in the US were diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and more than 14,000 died, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This type of cancer is ranked as a forth biggest cancer killer.
A recent study from National Institute of Environmental Sciences found a connection with ovarian cancer and the practice of squirting water or fluids into the vagina – douching. The harmful effects of this practice was previously researched by other studies, which found connection to cervical cancer, reduced fertility, pelvic inflammatory disease, yeast infections and ectopic pregnancy.
“While most doctors and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists strongly recommend that women do not douche, many women continue to douche because they falsely perceive douching to have positive health benefits, such as increased cleanliness.” – said Joelle Brown, an epidemiology professor at the University of California, San Francisco.
The vagina has her cleaning system and there is no need of douche, says the experts.
There was a poll about douching made by Express.co.uk. In the poll were asked 232 women with the question: “Do you regularly douche?”
- Yes, I thought it would be healthier – 29%
- No, I’ve never done it – 57%
- I’ve only done it once or twice – 14%
The journal Epidemiology made a study of 41,000 female participants between 35 and 74 years. 150 participants had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and most of them had been douching regularly.