Don’t be a clean freak

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Most of us know by now that douch­ing is not a good idea. But re­cently, a prac­tice called vagi­nal steam­ing—which in­volves sit­ting over a pot of steam­ing wa­ter filled with medic­i­nal herbs—has been get­ting at­ten­tion. Fans of the treat­ment say it does sev­eral things, in­clud­ing “cleans­ing” the uterus and re­bal­anc­ing hor­mone lev­els. Ig­nore the buzz. “Douch­ing or steam­ing can get rid of good bac­te­ria,” Dr. Mill­heiser says. If you’re wor­ried about odor, it’s fine to oc­ca­sion­ally use wipes af­ter ex­er­cise or dur­ing the day, but stick to un­scented ones and don’t overuse—a swipe is plenty. Dr. Mill­heiser also says to stop im­me­di­ately if you ex­pe­ri­ence burn­ing or ir­ri­ta­tion.

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