Douching - What Is It? Dear BeingGirl Experts, I was wondering if you could tell me what a douche is? Or what it means? Winnie --- Dear Winnie, Douching is washing out the vagina by squirting water or other certain solutions inside. While women may believe douching has benefits, in reality, using a douche may do more harm than good. Most doctors/health care providers recommend for women to stay away from douching. This is because douching can change the chemical and bacterial balance in the vagina causing an infection. Douching can also push infections you may already have further into the body. This can lead to more serious problems such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). (A PID is an infection that has spread into the uterus, ovaries, and/or fallopian tubes.) It is best not to douche unless your doctor/health care provider tells you to. If you have vaginal discharge, pain, itching, or burning, you should see your doctor/health care provider, instead of douching. Also, you should know douching cannot prevent sexually-transmitted infections or stop you from getting pregnant. Hope this is helpful, Your BeingGirl Experts Questions about douching what is it? Get answers, tips, and advice at BeingGirl.com.