Gynaecologist Warn Women against Having Multiple Sex Partners, Douching

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– Endorses Klovinal for Vaginal Infection Treatment

A consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist (O&G), with Military Hospital, Ikoyi, Lagos, Dr Chukwuemeka Odeigha, has warned women to be wary of having multiple sex partners and to desist from washing their vagina with soap and antiseptics, saying it can cause vaginal acidity, giving room for infection.

The expert, who recently spoke with journalists at a meeting of the Society of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians of Nigeria (SOGON), held at the indoor hall of Pathcare Laboratories, Lagos, explained that the vagina is not a sterile tissue organ in the body as it has its own bacteria which are normal flora, adding that the presence of these bacteria does not indicate infection as they only serve to protect the tissue from harmful pathogens.

 

Warning against multiple sexual partners
L-R: Pharm. Aje Akinyele, and Dr Chukwuemeka Odeigha at the event.

According to him, the common habit of douche, that is, washing the vaginal with soap, detergent and antiseptic, uses of certain contraceptives and condom with spermicides, having multiple sexual partners, among others expose women more to vaginal infections.

Speaking further, the expert noted that contrary to what many women think, douching, which is the use of soap or detergent and water to wash the vagina, does not make it clean;  it rather destroys the normal flora of the vagina and thereby doing more harm than good. He added that every woman has normal vaginal discharge, which is expected to be clear, scanty, odourless and not associated with itching.

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The gynaecologist also noted that aside from douching, women should also desist from other similar unhealthy habits, such as indiscriminate use of antibiotics and wearing of tight clothes, as these could cause vaginal infection as much as enabling the breeding of candidiasis which leads to vaginal infection.

Odeigha explained that women who engage in such practices usually that douching would make their vagina clean. “But the implication is that while trying to wash the vagina off its discharge, the normal bacteria-lactobacillus are wiped off, saying once the bacteria- lactobacillus are off, the acidity increases and the pH of the vagina is reduced and becomes suitable for other organisms to thrive.

We, therefore, urge the media to help create awareness on this as many do not know that vaginal is a self-cleaning organ, and that it does not need to be washed with soap or douche for it to be clean. We also encourage women to visit their hospitals once they have itching for proper diagnosis that will assist us to ensure we know which type of infection they have before treating it,” said Odeigha

Recommending Klovinal as a trusted pessary in the treatment of vaginal infections, Odeigha said this is because the pessary contains clotrimazole, metronidazole and lactobacillus spores, which are indicated for the treatment of vaginal infections – both fungal and bacterial, such as vulvovaginal candidiasis, bacterial vaginosis, and Trichomonas vaginalis.

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Klovinal is a good product as it treats the causes of vaginitis and its also able to restore the balance in the vaginal, thereby preventing further reoccurrence of the infection. So, these and many more are what Klovinal does and I have been using it for sometimes now with good results,” Odeigha said.

Also speaking at the event, Brand Manager of Seagreen Pharmaceuticals Limited, Pharm. Aje Akinyele, noted that, “Before introduction of Klovinal into the Nigerian market, a large number of women always complained that they aren’t well treated but Klovinal has bridged that gap. It is also safe in pregnancy”

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