Don’t Wash Vagina – Pharmacist Warns
A Pharmacist at the Ashaiman Polyclinic Mr. Stephen Turreh is cautioning against the use of vaginal wash and feminine hygiene products can lead to bacterial infections and afterward multiply the risk of cervical cancer.
He disclosed this in an interview at Tema, “Cervical cancer is cancer that starts from the cervix, which is a hollow cylinder that connects the lower part of a woman’s uterus to her vagina.”
Mr. Turreh said that majority of the women particularly the young ones are in hurry to purchase to tighten their vagina after birth or give it a pleasant smell and turned to the use of feminine hygiene products vagina wash which is advertised on social media platforms.
Mr. Turreh added that it is important to educate women on the effect of such products as they contained chemicals that destroyed the protective agents in the female reproductive organ while using it and help it to attract bacterial infections.
The female reproductive organ has its beneficial bacteria that serve as protective agents to fight infections but the chemicals in those products delivered them less effective, putting women at a higher danger of having infections, that could lead to cervical cancer.
He said, “When a woman gives birth the PH level of the vagina is neutral but once she starts menstruating it becomes acidic and that acidity is for a purpose so any micro organism that enters there that is harmful to the body will be taken care of by the acid environment.”
Mr. Turreh said that aside from cervical cancer other related diseases could be contracted including pelvic inflammation, particularly through douching with devices other people had used.
He advised women against the use of some homemade concoctions to clean the vagina saying: “Getting something to cure something is very easy but the problem is what it does to the body”
He informs women having discharges with odor and discoloration as well as itching to seek help from medical professional health care providers instead of using concoctions.