What is douching?

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Douche is French for shower -- but something's lost in translation. Watch this video for douching dos and don'ts from obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Lauren Streicher.


The word "douche" means to wash or soak in French. Douching is washing or cleaning out the vagina (also called the birth canal) with water or other mixtures of fluids. Usually douches are prepackaged mixes of water and vinegar, baking soda, or iodine. Women can buy these products at drug and grocery stores. The mixtures usually come in a bottle and can be squirted into the vagina through a tube or nozzle.

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

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