The Effects of Feminine Wash

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Feminine washes are often marketed to women as a means of cleaning out the insides of the vaginal canal, but they can be more harmful than helpful, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Inserting any products into the vagina may disturb natural bacteria that keep the area healthy.

Including feminine wash in a woman's cleansing routine can potentially have serious health risks.
Including feminine wash in a woman's cleansing routine can potentially have serious health risks. (Image: Anna Omelchenko/iStock/Getty Images)

Infections

Using feminine washes or douches can cause infections, states the American Academy of Family Physicians. The active cleansing ingredients in feminine washes may cause the vagina to develop bacteria that results in bacterial vaginosis, a type of vaginal infection. This may be due to the feminine wash upsetting the balance of bacteria in the vagina and limiting some types while promoting others.

Feminine washes and douches can cause infections.
Feminine washes and douches can cause infections. (Image: Ihar Ulashchyk/iStock/Getty Images)

Irritation

If an infection is already present in the vagina, cleansing the area with a feminine wash or douche can make the infection more extensive and cause irritation in surrounding areas, according to the HHS. The product can distribute unhealthy bacteria to other reproductive organs, such as the fallopian tubes, uterus or ovaries.

If an infection is already present, using a feminine wash or douche can make the infection more extensive.
If an infection is already present, using a feminine wash or douche can make the infection more extensive. (Image: Hoby Finn/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Disease Risks

Regular use of feminine washes may increase a woman's likelihood to contract certain diseases, reports the American Academy of Family Physicians. Women who use cleaning products in their vaginas can be more susceptible to sexually transmitted diseases and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). This could possibly be due to the disruption of natural vaginal bacteria and increasing vulnerability to outside bacteria.

Regular use of feminine washes can increase a woman's likelihood to contract certain diseases.
Regular use of feminine washes can increase a woman's likelihood to contract certain diseases. (Image: Anna Omelchenko/iStock/Getty Images)

Odors

Women often use feminine washes to eliminate strong vaginal odors, but according to HHS, this can be counterproductive. The scents in feminine washes may temporarily mask vaginal odors and make a woman falsely believe the area is back to normal. Strong vaginal odor is a sign of possible infection or disease, and covering up the smell can mask the symptoms.

Strong odor could be indicative of a more serious problem.
Strong odor could be indicative of a more serious problem. (Image: Keith Brofsky/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Limiting Effective Screening

Using feminine wash before a gynecological examination can prevent a doctor from accurately diagnosing some medical conditions, reports HHS. Doctors usually recommend that patients do not wash or douche in the 24 hours before an examination because the active ingredients in the products may obscure visual symptoms or make tissue samples unreadable under a microscope. This can cause additional or unnecessary testing, or prevent a doctor from making a proper diagnosis.

Don't use a feminine wash before a gynecological exam.
Don't use a feminine wash before a gynecological exam. (Image: Tatyana Sokolova/iStock/Getty Images)

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