NO, no not DOUCHEBAGS…
You know, like your vagina.
If you’re scratching your head thinking: “HUH?” That’s totally fine, you’re not missing out.
WAIT, but WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK IS DOUCHING?
This source explains the whole thing very, VERY clearly: “it’s a rather old practice, and many younger women may not be aware of what it actually is.
Basically, it’s a bath for your vagina.
The vagina is always putting out something. During your period, it is obviously blood, but during your fertile time, you will also have discharge that is clear. It is designed to aid the sperm in making their way up the vaginal canal. Even on normal days, the vagina secretes small amounts of discharge. If you have an STD, this discharge may smell or look greenish. However, it is normal to have a small amount of vaginal discharge every day.
Douching is a way to essentially stop this discharge. You have a plastic bag full of fluid with a nozzle on the end. You sit on the toilet, insert the nozzle like a tampon, and squeeze the bag. The technical term for this is irrigating the vagina. Some douches are just water, but some have cleansing chemicals and deodorants that make the area smell nice and clean. It depends on your preference which one you use.
Although shooting water up your vajayjay may not sound like fun, many women swear by it as a method to control odor.”
First off, here’s a couple of vintage ad’s I found online that showcase “internal cleansing.”
So proper, back in the day, right. I probably would’t have fit in very well…
Let’s go deeper ( maybe deeper isn’t the right word for this post? ) though. Why do women feel the need to douche in the first place?
EASY: to clean out the vagina & prevent odor.
Side note: in my opinion ( again, this is my opinion— you do YOU ), you should look into consulting a gynecologist if there’s a very strong odor down there. And nothing to be embarrassed about. Gyno’s have seen it all. LITERALLY.
The reason being? The odor could be an infection. Get the infection nipped in the bud ( HA! ). Usually the doctor will prescribe some antibiotics & ODOR BE GONE.
So back to douching, is it BAD for you?
I’ve researched this subject A LOT…& from what I’ve found: YES. It’s dreadful, actually.
Firstly, it can cause infections in the vagina which makes the odor WORSE.
Think of it like this: you know how important ‘good’ bacteria is to your gut right? ( Remember this!! We’ve talked about the importance of probiotics. There’s good & bad bacteria ). You want good bacteria in your vagina like you want the good bacteria in your gut. & when you douche, it sort of sucks all the good/bad bacterial ( flora ) from the V-Jay. Removing all the bacteria is not healthy. According to this source, “the bacteria that resides there is good for you, and when you wash it away, the vagina is then susceptible to infections that the body would otherwise protect against.”
Many studies have even linked douching to cervical cancer. There’s still ongoing research on the discovery.
Lastly: don’t go the Summer’s Eve/Vagasil route either.
Listen, I did the whole Summer’s Eve dance in high school because well, I was in high school & didn’t do the proper research like the care-free, whatevs tenth grader in a Juicy velour tracksuit that I was ( for those of you who don’t know what SE is, it’s a body wash that supposedly freshens & cleans your vagina ).
Here’s the truth: Summer’s Eve “cleansing wash” is filled with bullshit like parabens, methylisothiazolinone ( ALLERGENS!!!), & preservatives…a real yeast infection waiting to happen.
Yah so, basically stuff you don’t want touching your sacred vagina with a ten foot pole, you know?
To be real, I clean my flower everyday, thank you…in the shower with a good, old bar of all-natural preservative-free soap. Also, anyone heard of vagina steaming? Don’t judge until you TRY! If you need a step-by-step on how to wash your vagina, check out this visual…lol— you know you love me?
& just for the record: douching does NOT ( NOT, not ) prevent STDs, pregnancy, or UTIs.
Ok, your turn: questions, suggestions, thoughts? I know you guys have opinions! SPILL. No need to blush here.
Keep it sparkly, lauryn x