Vaginal Douche (Douching) (cont.)

Can douching hurt my chances of having a healthy pregnancy?

Douching may affect your chances of having a healthy pregnancy. Limited research shows that douching may make it harder for you to get pregnant. In women trying to get pregnant, those who douched more than once a week took longer to get pregnant.

Studies also show that douching may decrease fertility and increase a woman's chance of damaged fallopian tubes and ectopic (ek-TOP-ik) pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy is when the fertilized egg attaches to the inside of the fallopian tube instead of the uterus. If left untreated, ectopic pregnancy can be life threatening. It can also make it hard for a woman to get pregnant in the future.

Medically reviewed by Mikio A Nihira, MD American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology

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<> Last update: 5/18/2010

Last Editorial Review: 5/18/2010

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