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Vaginal Discharge and Vaginal Douche

 

 

Vaginal discharge after sexual intercourse   

 

During sexual intercourse, the female body produces a natural lubricant in the vagina that reduces friction and allows you greater comfort. 

 

When a man reaches climax and ejaculates inside his partner, his penis releases semen (fluid consisting of sperm and other secretions) into the vagina. 

 

Both these substances will therefore be present in the vagina after vaginal intercourse. If the woman moves from a lying down to a sitting or standing position, these substances will empty from the vagina. The discharge will be sticky because of the natural make-up of the secretions. The color should be whitish. This is a totally normal occurrence after sex and absolutely nothing to worry about.

 

However, should any discharge have a foul odor associated with a fever and chills and/or itching, contact your gynecologist immediately. This is not a normal occurrence, and probably indicates that there is some sort of infection.

 

Good hygiene following intercourse is always recommended. Use warm water and soap to clean the vaginal area. Maintaining good hygiene practices will reduce your incidence of urinary tract infections and vaginal yeast infections, which are occasionally associated with intercourse.  

 

Some gynecologists also recommend that women urinate following intercourse to aid in prevention of urinary tract infections.

 

Vaginal douche for personal odor, especially during menstruation

 

Vaginal odor is a big concern for many women. In fact, 3 out of 10 women in the US douche regularly. It's easy to be self-conscious about your smell. However, I would urge you not to worry so much about your odor. How you smell is a natural part of who you are.

 

More importantly, douching is dangerous. 

 

I strongly urge you NEVER to douche. Douching products contain chemicals that can be irritating to your vagina and urethra. Moreover, douches kill the natural bacteria that live in your body and help you to stay healthy. 

 

Therefore, douching makes you more susceptible to vaginal infections such as bacterial vaginosis (BV), yeast infection, and to the STD chlamydia. 

 

Studies show that douching may also increase women's risk of ectopic pregnancy and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), a condition which, if left untreated, can lead to infertility.

 

That having been said, it is important for you to keep yourself clean. Wash your vaginal area daily with warm water and a hypoallergenic, unscented soap like Dove that will not irritate the region. Make sure to completely towel dry and to wipe thoroughly after using the bathroom. Also, wear cotton underwear rather than silk or synthetic material. Cotton allows your skin to breathe better, which will also prevent odor from accumulating.

 

 

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