Is douching okay to do? Is it healthy?

Women often ask if douching is healthy or okay to do. Generally speaking, vaginal douching is not recommended as it can upset the normal healthy bacterial balance of the vagina. More often, women are getting this message from their healthcare providers and it’s gotten to the point where some videos are even making fun of the ridiculousness of douching advertisements. Like this one:


About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at