Douching While Pregnant

Dr. Elizabeth Pryor answers the question, Is it safe to douche when you're pregnant?

Question

Sometimes I'll notice an odor or discharge from my vagina. Is it safe to douche when I'm pregnant?

Answer

Simply stated, no. Douching can change the normal bacteria levels that you have in your vagina. This can aggravate yeast infections and irritate the vagina.

In fact, I don't encourage douching in any of my patients because it's simply not necessary. Your vagina cleanses itself naturally by secreting fluids that drain and flush out dead cells, bacteria, and semen.

If you're concerned about unusual discharge or odor, then see your doctor for an examination.

The information on this Web site is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child's condition.

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