Just as enemas have been stigmatized as being harmful, so too douches, but is it really so? Obviously, many here have used enemas routinely with no harm, perhaps it is also true for douches.
The theory that douching disrupts the normal
vaginal flora and selects for BV has little, if any,
microbiologic foundation as it involves the
effects of douching....
Science demands that in order to attain
perceived validation, a hypothesis must account
for the exceptions. That douching causes BV
does not account for the ability of 7 to 10 days
of vaginal douching with povidone–iodine to
achieve clinical and less often microbiologic cures
in women diagnosed as having ‘non-specific
vaginitis/Gardnerella vaginalis/BV’ (Federal Drug
Administration (FDA) study files for Betadine
A second exception is identified in the Ness and
co-workers’ papers24 which found that women
who douched before or after sex did not have
an increased risk of BV. This group reported a
statistically higher frequency of sexual intercourse,
on average, than other women in the study."
Enemas temporarily change the flora of the colon, but it does not seem to matter long term, so too perhaps for douches. Indeed, perhaps douching can be a form of sexual turn on for women.