Is it safe to douche when I'm pregnant?

Q: Is it safe to douche when I'm pregnant?

A: No, you shouldn't douche while you're pregnant. Although many women douche because they say it helps them feel cleaner, this is actually not true. Douching interferes with your vagina's natural ability to clean itself, which can disrupt the balance of healthy bacteria and lead to bacterial vaginosis (BV), an infection that can cause preterm delivery. In fact, women who douche at least once a month are 40 percent more likely to develop BV than women who don't.

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