When Can You Douche After A Hysterectomy?


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Connor Sephton Subber Profile
Most doctors will advise not douching for a while as a hysterectomy is a serious ordeal to go through and there needs to be a certain level of recovery period. When you have come out immediately after surgery, the majority of doctors will say nothing in the vagina - including douche.
In fact many doctors do not recommend taking the opportunity to do any douching at all anytime because it can possibly kill the natural bacteria found in the vagina and if you have a vaginal infection, then douching could push the bacteria further into your body causing further problems.
Some doctors will allow you to have a betadine douche or water and vinegar if there was a hematoma or an infection but this is something that must be done by your personal GP or doctor.  Some have found that early douching can lead to something called 'bacterial vaginosis' which causes excessive bleeding and a bad infection which can take several weeks to clear up.
Vaginas are self-cleaning yet washing takes away the "good" bacteria, leaving your body with an overabundance of the "bad" bacteria. Douching has a tendency to upset the natural balance.
Once your natural vaginal flora starts to get out of sync with your system, it can be frustrating and difficult to get it back in balance. One solution is to consume yogurt which is great for vaginal environmental balance. So you can douche even if you've had a hysterectomy but you will need to wait six weeks. If you have any doubt whatsoever then you need to consult your doctor to find out when you can douche.
Sharon Profile
Sharon answered
You will be able to cleanse yourself again. Please give you body a good amount of time to heal before you introduce bacteria into a place that has been exposed.  One thing we as women forget is that our bodies has a natural cleanser, however there are times when we want to cleanse more. Too frequent cleansing can cause infections believe it or not. Also be careful of the material you use after urination. Colored or perfumed tissues can cause infections. Sitting in bathtubs can do the same. Unless your Doctor approves it, I would take only showers for a few weeks.  Bathing is never good for a woman. To me we are just bathing in what we washed off if we don't shower afterwards, and I know you can see how this could be especially unclean for females.  Sorry for sermon. Hope you are healing well.  Best wishes
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ray of light answered
The hysterectomy is the removal of uterus from female body. After the surgery you have to take care of few things for 4-6 weeks. These are avoid sex, swimming, bath and douching. After 4-6 weeks you can go for all these things.
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Anonymous answered
Hysterectomy is removal of the uterus. After the surgery special care is needed in many aspects for at least 4 weeks. You should avoid douche, swimming, bath, tampon, and intercourse. Douche is also not recommended at any stage because it can spread infection to cervix, uterus and ovaries.  

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