what exactly does a douche and a pad do?…

….. I’ve heard douche as an insult and have seen a design, but I really don’t understand what they do, and for pads, I know they’re for menstruation but I’ve never been really sure what they do.

Thanks for asking this!

A douche  comes in the form of a bottle or a bag, and it sprays water into the vagina.  In the past, people have used a douche to ” clean” the vagina.  Using a douche is no longer recommended however.  This is because vaginas are self cleaning  organs. Discharge is a fluid that leaves the vagina and it is how the body naturally cleans itself.  Using a douche can get rid of the healthy bacteria in the vagina, which can cause vaginal infections.  It can also cause any present infections in the vagina to spread.  Recommended vaginal hygiene really just includes washing the vulva with mild soap and water.

You are right that pads are used during menstruation.  They are made of absorbent materials, and they are placed on the inside of the underwear to absorb menstrual blood. There are different types, brands, and sizes of pads.  They are really just a personal preference that someone can use during their period.

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