A douche tube is a small nozzle, tube, or hose that is used to insert a vaginal rinse, also known as douche. Most tubes are made from some form of plastic and they are connected to a bag or bottle used for mixing and inserting the liquid. Most douche tubes are long and slender so that they can be inserted into the vagina comfortably far enough to "wash" deep inside.
In some cases an enema bag may be used with a douche tube or nozzle. Those who go this route should remember never to use the same tube vaginally as anally. This could spread bacteria into the vagina, causing an infection. The tube should be washed thorough after each use with hot water and soap. In some cases a small amount of bleach should also be used to kill any lingering germs. The tube should then be rinsed thoroughly and allowed to air dry before being stored.
The most popular form of douche tube is one that is attaches to a plastic container. These are usually disposable and available in most pharmacies, but reusable options are also available. In most cases a douche tube will actually look more like a nozzle. Disposable tubes are made from hard plastic and they screw onto the top of a liquid-filled bottle. Various formulas are used to make douche, and the one used will depend on why one is douching.
There is a lot of controversy on the subject of douching. It used to be considered a good way to clean inside the vagina, preventing odors and flushing away excess cervical mucus. Many women say they feel fresh after using douche, and it is still widely available in pharmacies and grocery stores. Studies have shown that douching can lead to health problems such as vaginal infections because it throws off the pH balance of the vagina. For this reason, if a woman does choose to douche, it is advised that she do so infrequently.
Some situations may call for the use of a douche tube. Vaginal infections caused by bacteria and yeast can be remedied by a therapeutic douche comprised either of diluted antiseptic or hydrogen peroxide. Many women use these methods rather than antibiotics. A reusable bag and tube would be most beneficial in this case, since the liquid will be mixed up at home. No woman should make her own douche treatment without discussing it with a doctor.