Leave your vagina alone, if you don’t want to be affected by ovarian cancer says C And if the general irritation isn’t enough to make you stop, new research has revealed that women who shower their vaginas are almost twice as likely to suffer from ovarian cancer. The new study by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences enrolled and followed 50,884 women in the US and Puerto Rico who had a sister diagnosed with breast cancer. At the beginning, participants were asked about showering and talc use during the previous year. During follow-up, 154 participants reported a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. It was found that of the women who were diagnosed with the illness, the ones who reported showering the year before entering the study nearly doubled their risk.
Ana Isabel Tergas, assistant clinical professor of Gynaecologic oncology at Columbia University Medical Centre in New York City, said “We need to keep in mind that douching could always be a marker for cancer,” she said. “It could be something else that they’re experiencing that is and of itself the cause of ovarian cancer. It could just be related.” In other words, women who choose to douche may do so because they are more prone infections and inflammation issues. This inflammation in the tissue could increase the likelihood of cancer. While more research needs to be done on the direct link, one thing is for certain – showering and over cleaning of the vagina is a bad thing. The scientists believe that Douching can alter the vaginal flora, the bacteria that are normally found within the vagina, which causes a protective acidic environment. And douching causes an overgrowth of bacteria and leads to infections.