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Factors Associated with Frequent Vaginal Douching Among Alternative School Youth

Published:September 03, 2007DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2007.05.022

      Abstract

      The aim of this study was to examine factors related to frequent douching among a predominantly black and Hispanic alternative school population. It was observed that although Hispanic females were more likely to douche weekly compared with black females (30% vs. 13%), monthly douching was associated with black ethnicity, beliefs related to the therapeutic value of douching, perceived partner expectations, having female relatives who douched, and pregnancy history.

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