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Douching after Hysterectomy

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White daisy with dew dropsCan I douche after my hysterectomy?


Most (if not all) doctors will say nothing in the vagina—including douche—for at least six weeks after surgery. In fact, many doctors do not recommend douching at all because it can kill the natural bacteria found in the vagina. Plus, if you have a vaginal infection, douching could push the bacteria further into your body.

Some doctors allow a betadine douche or water and vinegar if there was a hematoma or an infection, but this is something that must be ordered by your personal physician.

Some HysterSisters, who ignored the "nothing in the vagina" rule, found that douching triggered "bacterial vaginosis," which caused excessive bleeding and a bad infection.

The vagina is a self-cleaning organ. Washing takes away the "good" bacteria, leaving your body with an over abundance of the "bad" bacteria. Douching upsets the natural balance.

Once your natural vaginal flora gets out of balance, it can be difficult to get it back in balance. Eating yogurt is great for keeping things in balance.

When in doubt, ask your doctor.



This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

08-06-2004 - 05:24 AM


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