Gynaecologist warns women against washing vaginal with soap

584, Dr. Chukwuemeka Odeigha

A renowned Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Military Hospital, Ikoyi, Lagos, Dr. Chukwuemeka Odeigha, has cautioned the female folk against using soaps to wash their private parts, saying the practice is harmful.

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Odeigha said this in Lagos at a meeting of the Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria, SOGON where Klovinal was endorsed for the empirical treatment of vagnitis (vaginal infection).

The expert explained that washing vaginal with soap, detergent and antiseptic, a common practice among women was not harm free just as the use of certain contraceptives and condom and having multiple sexual partners.

He said that all have the likelihood of causing vaginal infection.

According to him, “While trying to wash the vagina off its discharge, the normal bacteria-lactobacillus is wiped off. Once the bacteria- lactobacillus is off, the acidity increases and the pH of the vagina is reduced and becomes suitable for other organisms to thrive.”

He noted that there was a need to raise awareness among women about vaginal being a self-cleaning organ, and that it does not need to be washed with soap or douche for it to be clean.

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