According to the latest studies, DOUCHING could double the risk of developing ovarian cancer. This type of cancer is disease that also is known as the ‘silent killer’.Vaginal washing is practised by many women with explanation that it makes them to feel cleaner, but scientists in the US have discovered that the douching actually could be really dangerous.
The douching is process or better said it is practice of squirting water, or fluids into the vagina. Most gynecologists are against this practice and the reason for that is because it changes the natural balance of healthy bacteria and thus you more easily can pick up certain infections.
Express.co.uk made a poll and found that 29 % of the 232 interviewed people, have admitted that they reguarly practice douching, while 57 % said they had never done it. Only 14 % of them admitted to having done it one or two times.
Experts say the vagina is self-cleaning.
Some previous studies found connection between douching and cervical cancer, reduced fertility, yeast infections, pelvic inflammatory disease – an infection of the uterus – and ectopic pregnancies.
The National Institute of Environmental Sciences conducted a study which is the first that linked the ovarian cancer to the procedure – which evidently is practised by millions of women.
Joelle Brown is epidemiology professor at the University of California, San Francisco, and she was not involved in the study, but she said that link between douching and ovarian cancer took her by surprise.
“While most doctors and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists strongly recommend that women do not douche, many women continue to douche because they falsely perceive douching to have positive health benefits, such as increased cleanliness.” She says that all women should know that they should not douche.
The ovarian cancer is called “silent killer” as majority women don’t experience any symptoms until the disease has progressed to an advanced stage.
As Cancer Research UK said, each year about 7,300 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Unfortunately, only 35 % of patients remain on long-term survival.
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 20,000 American women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and about 14,500 die from it annually.
The newest analysis in the journal Epidemiolog followed over 41,000 women throughout the US. and Puerto Rico since 2003. The participants were at the age between 35 and 74, and every woman had a sister who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. When participants enrolled in the study, they were free of breast and ovarian cancer.
By July 2014, researchers found that 154 of participants suffer from ovarian cancer.
This study concluded that women who reported douching during the previous year from entering the study nearly doubled their risk of ovarian cancer.
The authors came to even stronger connection between douching and ovarian cancer when they looked only at women who didn’t have breast-cancer genes in their family.