/Can I prevent pregnancy by douching after sex?

No. Douching is not a method of birth control. It is intended to clean and freshen, not prevent pregnancy. Douching is way to rinse out the vagina with a solution, such as water and vinegar. Sperm that are deposited in the vagina after ejaculation can enter the uterus before the sperm could be washed away. A female can become pregnant if the sperm reaches the uterus.

Some health professionals do not recommend douching because it can increase the risk of sexually transmitted infections because the solution can flush out the natural good bacteria present in the vagina that help prevent infections. Douches can also cause discomfort and irritation.

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