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Revista chilena de obstetricia y ginecología

versión On-line ISSN 0717-7526

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LOPEZ A, Marcia et al. Hábitos higiénicos vulvo-vaginales de consultantes ambulatorias en gineco-obstetricia. Rev. chil. obstet. ginecol. [online]. 2015, vol.80, n.4, pp.282-288. ISSN 0717-7526.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-75262015000400002.

Objective: To determine frequency and types of vulvovaginal hygienic habits that Chilean women have. Methods: Cross-sectional study in 271 adult women who attended primary gynecological centers of public and private systems. A survey of 7 questions with closed-answer alternatives was undertaken by a physician in order to determine frequency and type of intimate hygiene. Descriptive statistics were performed by using univariate and multivariate models, expressing the magnitude of association as Odds Ratio. Multivariate models with higher variance were selected by stepwise selection. Results: 25% washed their genitals once a day, 32% twice a day, 28% three times a day and 13% four or more times a day. Women attending public centers tend to wash their genitals two or three times a day, while the ones attending private centers do this mostly once or twice a day. 56% of women - especially those treated in private centers - use additional elements apart from water, preferably special soaps. Older and postmenopausal women were associated with the use of additional elements other than water. Diabetics were 3 times more likely to use a special soap than non-diabetics. Conclusions: 85% of chilean women of both health-care systems perform intimate hygiene between one and three times a day; 56% of them and 75.6% of those attending private centers use elements other than water, preferably special soaps.

Palabras clave : Intimate hygiene; hygienic habits; self care.

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