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Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2006 (2006), Article ID 95618, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/IDOG/2006/95618
Clinical Study

Douching With Water Works Device for Perceived Vaginal Odor With or Without Complaints of Discharge in Women With No Infectious Cause of Vaginitis: A Pilot Study

1Division of Gynecology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Temple University Hospital, 3401 N Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140, USA
2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Temple University Hospital, 3401 N Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140, USA
3Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Temple University Hospital, 3401 N Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140, USA

Received 1 September 2006; Accepted 27 September 2006

Copyright © 2006 Ashwin J. Chatwani et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Objective. To determine if douching with Water Works device for 1 month can (1) lower or eliminate perceived vaginal odor by subject; (2) have any effects on vaginal ecosystem. Methods. Ten women with perceived vaginal odor with or without discharge, douched every day for 4 weeks in an open-label, nonrandomized pilot study. Primary outcome measures included perceived vaginal odor by subject, lactobacilli score from Nugent slide, and acceptance of the Water Works douching system. Secondary outcome included the safety of using this douching device. Results. At week 4, there was improvement in vaginal odor (P=.0006) and there was no significant change in lactobacilli score. Conclusion. Douching with Water Works device is associated with reduction or elimination of vaginal odor without adversely affecting the vaginal ecosystem.