Though a lot of women try douching at home to rid themselves of foul smells and vaginal burning or itching, it is not the best thing to do. Research has shown that douching reduces the chances of conception by about 30 per cent.
The vagina has a self cleaning system and contains bacteria that help keep the vagina infection free. Regular douching however, changes the chemical balance which is naturally preserved by the body. By douching, you inadvertently introduce new bacteria to the vaginal environment that spread up into the vulva, cervix and uterus. If the infection becomes severe, it can also affect the fallopian tubes. Regular douching can lead to constant irritations in the vaginal area. Chances of the occurrence of infections like bacterial vaginosis also increase. The incidence of sexually transmitted diseases also increases when you have the habit of douching regularly.
Though regular douching is not recommended, a case of bacterial vaginosis may require occasional douching. The first thing that you need to do for making a home made douche is to get a bottle that is specifically designed for douching.
To prepare your own home made douche, you can try the following:
Take an unused tampon and soak it in yoghurt. Insert it into your vagina at the time of your monthly periods.
Garlic has anti-bacterial and anti fungal properties. Apply ground garlic paste on the affected area.
You could also try inserting the calendula herb.
If the pH of the vaginal area is imbalanced, the acidity levels can be raised by using boric acid as a douche.
To a boiling pot of water, add a bowlful of calendula herb. Stir it so that the calendula herb gets completely absorbed. Once that is done, chill it and then use it as a douche.
Take a tea bag and soak it in cool water. Chill it by keeping it in the refrigerator and then use it in your vaginal area.
To your douche bottle, add a cup of white vinegar. Then top up the rest of the bottle with warm water. The warm water helps you feel clean, fresh and comfortable.
Take about a glassful of warm water and add to it two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. To this solution, add about ten drops of tea tree oil. Mix well and fill your douche bag with the solution. Douche twice a day, in the morning or evening to prevent bacterial vaginosis.
It really depends upon your purpose in douching The normal vaginal flora will provide an effective barrier against many types of unfriendly bacteria Adding additional elements will often create a mild imbalance and result in vaginal infections If you already have a mild vaginal infection, then boric acid suppositories and acidophilus suppositories (or douches) may be helpful The vaginal terrain is typically acid, so a douche of some apple cider vinegar (with water) will help maintain this balance If you are attempting to “rinse discharge” then the source of the discharge needs to be identified If you are experiencing other symptoms, then you may have a vaginal infection, and need to have this checked If you are seeking to enhance other aspects of your relationships, then a few (underline few) drops of lavendar or other healing essential oil in a douche (shaken) may be comforting.