Vaginal Douche

Homemade Douche Recipe: How To Make A Douche Using
Natural Remedies

The word douche usually refers to a vaginal
douche or the rinsing of the vagina
with a stream of water or
a-water based solution. Women often opt for a douche to
get rid of the foul smell during menstruation
or even as a remedy for
itching and irritation caused by yeast infections. The effectiveness of
douches against these conditions is not clinically proven, although over the
years, women have used douches for these conditions or simply to feel clean
and fresh. A homemade douche mix, made up of warm water mixed with apple
cider vinegar, is filled into a special douche bottle or a douche bag with a
nozzle. The long nozzle with lateral holes at the end is used to irrigate
the vagina with the fluid from the bottle and clean the area.

Homemade douches or
commercially available douches when used too often can interfere with the
self-cleaning mechanism of the vagina. Douching can flush out the native
flora inhabiting the region, depriving the vagina of protection that they
offer against infections. A home douche with plenty of water can also alter
the pH balance in the terrain of the vagina, leading to yeast infections.
Frequent douching could also lead to irritability of the vagina and increase
the susceptibility of sexually transmitted diseases. Adding vinegar or boric
acid to the natural douche helps maintain the pH balance
and also helps to fight yeast or fungal infections.

Bacterial vaginosis is an
alteration in the bacterial ecology of the vagina, resulting in a smelly
discharge. Diagnosis of the condition can be made using BV test cards that
are commercially available. This condition requires immediate attention from
a qualified doctor as it can lead to serious consequences like a
miscarriage. Along with medication and topical creams, a hydrogen peroxide
douche solution is found to be helpful in treating bacterial
and yeast infections, but care should be taken while
using it as there may be side effects. A combination of hydrogen peroxide
and betadine is also used in the douche. However, hydrogen peroxide
burns have been reported by those who have inflammation in
the area due to the infection.  Apart from hydrogen peroxide
douche side effects
such as burning, it is also true that one needs
to be careful while preparing the douche solution at home,
as the high concentration of the chemical in the douche can also cause a
burning sensation on application.

Homemade douche recipes
include making an infusion of calendula herb in hot boiling water for half
an hour, and using the strained solution after it is sufficiently cooled. 
A cup of white vinegar added to warm water filled in a douche bag is also an
effective natural douche remedy for yeast infection.
Another natural douche could be made by leaving a tea bag in the fridge
overnight and applying it in the morning to the vagina to get rid of fungal
and bacterial infections.  Yet another popular natural douche recipe is
the use of a fresh tampon soaked in yoghurt. The tampon is placed in the
vagina to let the live and active lactobacillus cultures in the yoghurt
reintroduce the bacterial ecology in the area. Probiotic capsules containing
beneficial bacterial by the millions and probiotic dairy products can also
be consumed to facilitate the colonization of the area with these bacteria.

A solution of boric acid is found to be
effective as a douche against yeast infections. Dissolve a teaspoonful of
boric acid in about half a liter of water and irrigate the vaginal area with
the solution from a douche bottle. Yeast infections that come and go often
can be distressing, and in such cases, using a suppository to deliver the
right quantity of boric acid to the walls of the vagina is an option. A
suppository delivers the medicine to the body when it melts under the
body�s natural heat, when it is placed in a cavity like the vagina. Unlike
oral tablets or douches with medicinal solutions added, suppositories are
effective in delivering the medication at the site it is needed for treating
the infection.

It must be remembered that unless they are
done under sterile conditions, at home douches may run the risk of
inadvertently placing new bacteria in the environment. Left untreated, low
level infections in the vagina could spread to the cervix and the uterus,
and eventually to the fallopian tubes. Serious fertility problems can occur
with the spread of infections like bacterial vaginosis. For those who are
not sure of how to make a douche or how to use a douche bag, the paste of
garlic applied in the affected area can be of some help. Garlic is known for
its anti-fungal properties and its ability to rid the body of harmful
bacteria. Similarly, calendula herb may be used directly in the vagina to
fight fungal infections. Instead of buying over the counter medication or
douches, women can also surf the Internet to find out how to make a homemade
douche with certain simple ingredients like white vinegar or apple cider
vinegar, tea
tree oil
, and herbs like pepper mint, rosemary or yarrow, apart from
calendula. Also available online are images that can guide one on how to
make a douche bottle.

In the past, douches were used as a birth
control device to flush out the semen from within the body. However, doctors
advise against the use of a douche after intercourse because the semen can
be flushed further into the fallopian tubes. This increases the risk of
ectopic pregnancies, which is when the fertilized egg instead of moving
toward the uterus affixes itself onto the fallopian tubes� walls. The
situation may become life-threatening for the woman and may also compromise
chances of a pregnancy in the future. Also, douching does not protect a
woman against sexually transmitted diseases as effectively as the use of
condoms. A foul smelling discharge, burning during urination, itching, and
soreness in the vaginal area generally indicate that the woman is infected
by a sexually transmitted disease, and this needs immediate medical
attention. Regular douches are neither required nor recommended medically.
The body has its own cleaning and protection mechanism that might need an
occasional help with a douche using mild natural remedies like vinegar or
tea tree oil. If the problem persists or recurs, consulting a medical
practitioner is the best thing to do.

How To Get Homemade Douche

A douche can be made at home quite easily by
using some simple ingredients found in the kitchen and around the house.
However, applying the douche in a successful manner may not always be
possible. The reason for this is that a readymade douche would come with a
small showerhead attachment, which could be attached to any tap in the house
and used effectively. This same facility, however, would not be available in
the case of a homemade douche. However, the ingredients would all work to
cure surface problems that may require the use of a douche. The best thing
to use is a mixture of about two liters of warm water and a tablespoon of
hydrogen peroxide. This is an excellent sanitizing agent and will be very
useful in treating small abrasions or any small type of injuries that one
may have suffered. A solution of water with the same amount of antiseptic
fluid can also be used as an alternative. If there is the fear of some
infection, a very easy to use douche can be made with water and boric acid
powder as well. Use one teaspoon of boric acid powder in about a gallon of
water for sanitization purposes.

The best way to use a homemade douche would
be to use a small washcloth of the disposable variety. This can be dipped in
the solution and used for really excellent results. Wipe repeatedly, from
the front to the back, and never the other way round. Keep in mind that
there may be residual fluids that can travel from the back to the front
which may actually aggravate any condition that is on the mend. The better
solution is to try and get a spray bottle, the kind easily available at a
store that sells hair dressing goods, and use that. Try and get a bottle
that has a large capacity and a nozzle that has the spray as well as the
stream option. In this way, the fluid can be sprayed somewhat forcefully on
the entire affected area and will help to clean it all up very well. In
order to prevent and avoid problems that are connected with the genitals, it
is a good idea to periodically spray the area if there is even the slightest
suspicion of any scratching or itching. Wearing cotton underwear would also
be an excellent alternative to using synthetic clothing.