Vaginal douches linked to harmful chemicals

VAGINAL douching exposes women to potentially harmful endocrine-disrupting chemicals, US research suggests.

 After analysing urine samples collected from 739 women, researchers found that those who douched more frequently had a greater concentration of phthalate metabolites in their urine.

 This finding adds weight to current health recommendations that discourage douching in women, the authors conclude. 

“This study suggests, for the first time, that vaginal douches may increase a woman’s exposure to phthalates, chemicals that may alter