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Can a woman douche while using a Mirena IUD? Does Mirena increase a woman's sex drive? #708/7

Can I douche using a Mirena IUD? Does Mirena increase or decrease your sex drive?



You can douche using Mirena, but douching is not generally recommended as a practice for any woman.  Washing up into the vagina while taking a bath is perhaps better.

Unless a woman is experiencing pain or spotting or bleeding, Mirena usually has no effect on a woman's interest in sex (libido) or ability to have an orgasm.  Some women are more interested in intercourse and are better able to have orgasms knowing Mirena is so very effective against pregnancy.

            The following paragraph was taken from a question posted on our website: www.managingcontraception.com

            I would recommend that you not douche but sit in a bathtub and gently wash the vagina with warm water (rather than douching which could be harmful). Your vagina will clean itself whether or not you douche or wash it with your fingers at the time of a bath.


Good luck


Key Words:  Mirena IUD, douche, increase, decrease, sex drive, washing, pain, spotting, bleeding, orgasm, intercourse, pregnancy                                

Robert A. Hatcher MD, MPH
Emeritus Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA

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