In French, the word “douche” means to wash. A vaginal douche is a product that allows for the washing or cleansing of the vagina, typically with water, iodine, vinegar or other chemicals and perfumes.
In the U.S. over the last several decades, most old-fashioned rubber bag and hose douches have been replaced with over-the counter prepackaged plastic douches. The often harsh chemical mixtures come in a bottle and can be squirted into the vagina through a tube or nozzle.
Most OB/Gyns and their professional associations recommend against douching. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that women completely avoid douching because the vagina’s acidic environment keeps it clean naturally. Strong odors or irritation may indicate that something is wrong and a visit to the doctor is appropriate. Douching with traditional over the counter plastic douches can actually increase your chances of infection by forcing harsh chemicals and bacteria up the vagina into the reproductive tract.
And, the harsh chemicals contained in many over-the-counter douches can upset the delicately-balanced ecosystem of the vagina, disrupting its ability to keep harmful bacteria in check.
A new alternative to douching WaterWorks does not cause the vaginal health problems that are often associated with over-the-counter douches. It does not use any detergents or harsh chemicals that can potentially irritate the vagina, nor does it use a high-pressure flow that can wash away good bacteria and upset the vaginal ecosystem.
WaterWorks has been thoroughly researched for over six years to ensure its general safety and has been clinically proven to cause no serious adverse effects because it uses only tap water.