What are the risks of using a douche to clean my vagina?

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Douching promotes the growth of bacteria and may increase your risk of pelvic inflammatory disease by transporting Chlamydia or gonorrhea up into the uterus. In addition, vinegar and betadine in douches can dry vaginal walls and increase inflammation. In spite of the fact that it's ineffective, unnecessary and potentially harmful, a surprising number of women still douche.

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