Factors Associated with Frequent Vaginal Douching Among Alternative School Youth

Christine M. Markham, Susan R. Tortolero, Robert C. Addy, Elizabeth R. Baumler, Nicole Kraus McKirahan, Soledad L. Escobar-Chaves, Melissa Fleschler Peskin

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)509-512
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Alternative schools
  • At-risk youth
  • Vaginal douching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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