Birth Control Overview (cont.)
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Is douching an effective method of birth control?
Douching is a method of rinsing out the vagina. Women use water, vinegar, or pharmaceutical products which are introduced into the vagina using a squeeze bottle or rubber tubing. It has long been thought that women need to cleanse their vaginas and reduce odor. Some women douche after menstrual periods or sex so as to avoid contracting a sexually transmitted disease. Some also believe that douching following intercourse will prevent pregnancy. Douching is not recommended as a form of cleansing, birth control, or STD protection.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/26/2016
Wayne Blocker, MD
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