Ask The Nurse

To personally discuss a medical issue or to make an appointment, call 216-444-4HER (216-444-4437). You can also make an appointment at Cleveland Clinic. For your security, please do not use this form to email personal, confidential health information. We cannot diagnose or treat by email. Our email policies are explained further in this disclaimer. You may also wish to review our privacy statement. Disclaimer | Privacy

What can a woman do to feel fresh after having intercourse, since douching is not recommended?

Douching is not recommended as it can cause bacteria to enter the uterus. The vagina is self cleansing and is normally at a lower pH than blood, semen and sweat, which are more alkaline fluids.

A woman can use over-the-counter repHresh vaginal gel (made of lactic acid), which lowers the pH of the vagina and can take care of minor irritations and odor.

If you think you have acquired an infection from sexual activity or have vaginal irritation or abnormal discharge that persists, please see your health care provider for an exam.

All My Best,
Speaking of Women's Health Nurse

July 24, 2014 at 9:44am

Share this article


Go back to the question archive