Yeast Infections (a Type of Vaginitis) and Douching
Viewer question: Does douching cause yeast infections (a form of vaginitis)? Also, is it necessary to douche after a yeast infection?
All healthy women have bacteria and other organisms in the vagina. The balance of organisms and the normal acidity of the vagina both act to prevent overgrowth of specific organisms, leading to symptoms of a vaginal infection. Douching disturbs the normal environment of the vagina, which can lead to inflammation and further imbalance of the organisms normally present in the vaginal canal. This can result in symptoms such as chronic vaginal dischargeand discomfort.