Does Douching Prevent Pregnancy?

Does Douching Prevent Pregnancy?

Does douching after sex prevent a girl from getting pregnant?
- Clara*

No. Douching does not prevent pregnancy. In fact, douching is a bad idea for birth control for several reasons:

Douching isn't a good idea for "cleansing" the vagina either. The vagina has its own natural cleaning system that flushes out bacteria. The chemicals and perfumes in douches or feminine sprays don't help and can actually cause problems like allergic reactions, irritation, or infections.

Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: October 2013

*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.





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