Does Douching Prevent Pregnancy?enteenshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/T-expertAnswersRev-enHD-AR1.jpgFind out what the experts have to say.birth control, douche, dooche, doosh, contraception, contraceptive, protection, protecting against pregnancy, prevent pregnancy, sex, condom, rubber, IUD, birth control pill, withdrawal, emergency contraception, rhythm method, depo-provera, norplant, cervical caps, spermicides, protection against stds, preventing pregnancy, diaphragm, douching, intercourse, sexually transmitted diseases, stds, stis, failure rates, perfect-use, typical, side effects of birth control methods, pelvic exams, gynecologists, pill packs, cervix, vagina, penis, ovulation, period, menstruation, family planning03/22/200011/05/201811/05/2018Amy W. Anzilotti, MD11/05/2018c19e2d4c-9e82-446d-9468-34ecb1212610https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/contraception-douche.html/<p><em>Does douching after sex prevent a girl from getting pregnant?<br /> </em>&ndash; <em>Clara*</em></p> <p>No. Douching <strong>does not</strong> prevent pregnancy. Sperm swim very fast and many reach the uterus before a girl even begins to douche. Also, douching can actually push sperm into the uterus.</p> <p>If you decide to have sex, use reliable birth control. Some <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/bc-chart.html/">birth control methods</a> are better at stopping pregnancy than others. For example, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/contraception-birth.html/">birth control pills</a> and the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/contraception-iud.html/">IUD</a> are very good at preventing pregnancy when used properly.</p> <p>No matter which birth control method you choose, also use <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/contraception-condom.html/">condoms</a> to help prevent <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/std.html/">STDs</a> (sexually transmitted diseases). Condoms used alone also can help prevent pregnancy, but they're not as reliable as some other birth control methods.</p> <p>Talk to your doctor or go to a local clinic (like Planned Parenthood) to find out what birth control option is best for you.</p> <p><em>*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.</em></p>
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