Can douching decrease my chances of having a healthy pregnancy?

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It may. Limited research shows that douching may make it more difficult for a woman to get pregnant. In a study of women trying to get pregnant, those who douched more than once a week took the longest to get pregnant. A connection has been shown between women who douche at least once a month and trouble getting pregnant, although douching is neither an effective nor recommended means of contraception. (It also does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases.)

Studies also show that douching may boost a woman's chance of ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy is when the fertilized egg attaches to the inside of the fallopian tube instead of the uterus. If left untreated, ectopic pregnancy can be life-threatening. It can also make it difficult for a woman to get pregnant in the future.

This answer is based on source information from the National Women's Health Information Center.

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