That is according to scientists in the US, who have revealed vaginal washing – which is practised by some women who argue it makes them feel cleaner – could be dangerous.
Douching is the practice of squirting water, or fluids into the vagina. Most doctors would recommend against the practice because it changes the natural balance of healthy bacteria and can make it easier to pick up infections.
Experts also say the vagina is self-cleaning.
Previous studies have linked douching to cervical cancer, reduced fertility, yeast infections, pelvic inflammatory disease – an infection of the uterus – and ectopic pregnancies.
The study, by the National Institute of Environmental Sciences is the first to link the ovarian cancer to the procedure – which is reportedly practised by millions of women.
Joelle Brown, an epidemiology professor at the University of California, San Francisco, who was not involved in the study, said link between douching and ovarian cancer took her by surprise.
“While most doctors and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists strongly recommend that