Another Reason Why Women Should Avoid Douching

TIME

New research adds yet another reason to the list of why women should reconsider douching.

Douching—defined as the washing of the vagina with water or a fluid mixture—is widely discouraged by medical groups, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Medical experts say douching can lead to problems that range from infections to having trouble getting pregnant later on. Still, estimates show that about one in four women between ages 15 and 44 still do it.

Now, a new study published in the journal Environmental Health adds more evidence to the cautionary stance, showing that women who use douches can put themselves at a greater risk for exposure to harmful chemicals called phthalates, which are said to interfere with the body’s hormones.

MORE: Here’s The Staggering Healthcare Cost of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals

Washing the vagina in the shower is not the same as douching. Often women use…

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