Can I Douche Four Days Before Ovulation If I’m Trying To Conceive?

By: Sandy Dean: I sometimes hear from folks who want to know if douching has any affect on your ability to conceive and, if so, does the timing matter also? People also sometimes wonder if douching can have any affect on your baby’s gender.

So, I might hear a comment like: “I have been keeping track of my ovulation for the last couple of months. I am determined that this is the month that I want to conceive. According to my calculations, I should be ovulating in about four days. I am trying to conceive a boy baby. I douche every month for hygiene reasons. This is just something that I have always done. If I stay on my regular schedule of douching, will this affect my ability to conceive? Will it mess up my plan to conceive a boy baby?” I’ll tell you my opinion on this in the following article.

It is interesting to me to notice the changes in attitude toward douching as time goes by. When I was a child, my mom used to take me to the wedding and baby showers of friends and family members. At that time, most of the women who were getting ready to wed would get a douche kit and every one would have a good laugh, but the truth was that it was very customary for women to douche one a month or more because this is what their mothers taught them to do. It was considered to be good hygiene and women who didn’t partake in this were considered suspect.

Today, that thinking has changed somewhat. Many people today believe that douching can cause irritation in the vagina and can get rid or discourage the natural and healthy secretions that in some ways protect the vagina from irritation. With all of this said, it’s really a personal decision. And, for decades, women have been using douches right before attempts to conceive because they believed that, depending on the make up of the douche, this could help them conceive the gender of their choice.  Think about that for a second.  Women have been douching for decades and yet we are all here and our mothers seemingly were able to conceive us just fine.

As far as the baby’s gender goes, the thinking is that if you use a douche meant to make the vagina more alkaline, you would increase your chances of getting a boy baby.  And, if you used a douche that would make the vagina more acidic, then you would increase the chances for a girl baby. However, it’s important to note that any douching should be done BEFORE you attempt to conceive. You really should only douche right after you have intercourse if you want to discourage a pregnancy (although this is by no means a reliable form of birth control.) Since you are reading this article, I’ll assume that you’re trying to become pregnant rather than trying to avoid it.

Douching four days before you attempt to conceive may well affect your vaginal PH – which could also affect your baby’s gender. But you won’t know that for sure unless you test yourself. You can do that with PH testing strips. I suggest testing this at least daily if you are trying to conceive. You might find that you have the desired PH right after you douche but then as ovulation gets closer, it changes again. That’s why it’s important that if you make any changes like douching or eating specific foods, you continue to test to see what affect this may have had or your PH and also to make sure that you are still at the level where you want to be.

It is not just your PH that can affect your baby’s gender.  Timing and sexual positions also matter greatly.  I’ve put together a few websites that explain choosing your baby’s gender step by step. If you want a boy, check out If you want a girl baby, see

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