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Why does excessive douching increase the risk of developing BV?

Excessive douching can increase the risk of  bacterial vaginosis (BV) because the healthy vaginal ecosystem requires the right balance of bacteria flora. Nearly 95 percent of the vaginal mucous membrane, which protects against bacteria and other pathogens, is made up of healthy bacteria called lactobacilli. These bacteria make natural acids that keep unhealthy bacteria from getting out of hand. Too much douching can disrupt the bacterial balance and lead to bacterial vaginosis (BV).

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