We need to talk about the deadly effect of douching
Okay, so it’s time to get seriously real for a sec. Why? Because we need to talk about douching, the nonsense (and damaging!) “health” trend that refuses to die.
Though the fact that douching is totally unnecessary is talked about time and time again, the negativity surrounding women’s bodies and lack of confidence many women feel in our vaginas results in some really unhealthy practices, with douching being one major norm that desperately needs to disappear.
We’ve heard a lot about talcum powder having the potential to cause cancer (which is seriously, seriously scary) but less about douching’s impact on the deadly disease. In the study of 50,000 women, though, douching rather than talc use was associated with increased risk of ovarian cancer.
Long story short? STOP. DOUCHING.
Seriously. We cannot emphasize this enough. We know that our bodies have been critiqued, and continue to be critiqued, to no end. We know that sexism and misogyny result in a society where we feel like everything from our discharge to the “tightness” of our vagina (which is NOT A REAL THING) to our scent is somehow a bad thing. But our bodies are not bad. And unless something is seriously up, and your gyno has confirmed, your body is just fine the way it is.