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Ovarian cancer is a disease widely known as the “silent killer” and the number of women affected by it, is staggering. You should know that douching can double the risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Many scientists in the United States believe that vaginal washing, which is practised by some women who think it makes them feel cleaner, could be extremely dangerous.
For those who don’t know what douching is, it is the practice of squirting water or fluids into the vagina. Many doctors strongly oppose this practice because it changes the natural balance of healthy bacteria and can make it easier to pick up infections.
Express.co.uk conducted a poll where 232 people were examined and 29% of them admitted to regularly douching, while 57% said they had never done it.
One 14% of these women admitted to have done it once or twice.
According to most of the experts, vagina is self-cleaning.
Many studies confirmed that douching is associated with cervical cancer, ectopic pregnancies, pelvic inflammatory disease (infection of the uterus), reduced fertility and yeast infections.
A study, conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Sciences, has linked douching with ovarian cancer.
Joelle Brown, an epidemiology professor at the University of California, San Francisco who was involved In the study claims that douching and ovarian cancer are linked.
Nevertheless, she states that many women knowing this, continue to douche, even though most doctors are stongly against this practice and advice them not to do it. Women are wrong if they think that douching increases cleanliness of the vagina. In fact, it’s quite the opposite, it can even cause some serious health problems.
Which is why Joelle says that women need to stop this practice immediately.
As we previously mentioned, ovarian cancer is considered the sillent killer of women because in most of the cases, women experience no symptoms until the disease has progressed to an advanced stage.
According to Cancer Research UK, each year around 7,300 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and long-term survival remains just 35 per cent.
Meanwhile, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirms that in America, Around 20,000 American women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and about 14,500 die from it annually.
Moreover, the journal Epidemology published the analysis which followed more then 41,00 women through the US and Puerto Rico since 2003.
The participants were 35 to 74 years old and every one of them had a sister who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. However, these participants were all free of breast and ovarian cancer when they became part of this study.
Sadly, in July 2014, the researchers found 154 cases of ovarian cancer among the participants.
The results from this study showed that women who reported douching during the year before entering the study nearly doubled their risk of ovarian cancer.
The link between douching and ovarian cancer became even stronger
This link between ovarian cancer and douching became even stronger, as soon as the scientists looked only at women who did not have breast-cancer genes in their family.
You should also know that several recent studies claim that ovarian cancer is the world’s fourth biggest cancer killer.