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by Fudia Muhammad
Sisters, we’ve got to talk about it! Allah (God) blessed us with two wombs – one physical of course, and the other mental – our mind. Both must be protected and properly maintained. This article’s focus is on the woman’s physical womb (uterus) and her sacred vaginal tract,the path of entry to God’s laboratory. The womb must be guarded from predatory men and those who “appear” well-intentioned but have not yet committed to marriage. Our sacred chamber must also be protected from those who profit from our ignorance or are simply malicious and desire to see our birthrate significantly reduced. The womb should not be tampered with, so we have to be wise about how we cleanse ourselves.
The Holy Qur’an reads, “And they ask thee about menstruation. Say: It is harmful; so keep aloof from women during menstrual discharge and go not near them until they are clean. But when they have cleansed themselves, go in to them as Allah has commanded you. Surely Allah loves those who turn much (to Him), and He loves those who purify themselves” (2: 222). It is important to put this scripture into proper context. Menstruation is a part of the woman’s natural reproductive function, designed by Allah (God), so it is not the process of menstruation that is harmful. However, this scripture is an answer to men who are inquiring about having sexual relations with their wives during menstruation, which is indeed harmful; so, husbands are told that they should not be sexually intimate with their wives during this time of the month. This same guidance is given in the Bible (Leviticus 18:19).
Moreover, we want to highlight another aspect of this same scripture where it reads, “But when they [women] have cleansed themselves…” This indicates that after menstruation there is a process of cleansing that should take place. And here is where we have to be careful. There are many over-the-counter commercial products that claim to be safe for vaginal douching (vaginal washing). These products contain a liquid solution, but often the chemical combination can be more hazardous than beneficial. Women douche for several reasons: to cleanse after menstruation or sexual intercourse, personal hygiene, to eliminate odor, prevent an infection, treat an infection, and because they believe it will prevent pregnancy – it does NOT. With the exception of the latter, all of this can be achieved by using natural methods for cleansing.
The female vaginal tract is considered a hostile environment due to its natural acidic nature. When we use commercial products to douche, we can disrupt the vaginal pH levels by weakening or reducing acidity levels. The acid produced in the vaginal tract allow healthy bacteria to thrive while protecting it from dangerous bacteria and disease. If our body chemistry is altered and our vaginal tract is weakened, it is left vulnerable. Studies now warn that traditional methods of douching can actually increase the risk of infections, STIs, pregnancy complications, and other health problems. The National Institutes of Health states, “Douching has been associated with many adverse outcomes including pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), bacterial vaginosis, cervical cancer, low birth weight, preterm birth, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) transmission, sexually transmitted diseases, ectopic pregnancy, recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis, and infertility.”The chemicals and fragrances found in many commercial products seem to be doing more harm than good.
It is important to emphasize that douching with the wrong products can lead to problems getting pregnant and staying pregnant. These chemical combinations are destroying our physical womb by breaking down the lining of our uterine wall. Once conception takes place, the embryo has to latch on to the uterine wall and remain there until delivery in order to survive. This attachment is not strong or secure until the third month of pregnancy. This is why so many miscarriages take place before the pregnancy completes its first trimester. A history of douching can increase the likelihood that the embryo will not properly latch on to the uterine wall, causing a miscarriage.
In addition, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan teaches that the acidic nature of the vaginal tract gives sperm a necessary difficulty factor, in the form of a hostile environment,where it must struggle to navigate before reaching the egg. This allows for only one sperm, the most intelligent one, that can endure such an environment to make it to the egg. It is the most intelligent because not only did it conquer the hostile environment, but it did so by traveling upstream against the pull of gravity and winning the competition against tens of millions of other sperm.
So, let’s be careful not to upset God’s handiwork. There are natural and safe ways to go about cleansing without altering nature. First, it is important to understand that not every woman needs to “douche” in the traditional sense; but every woman does need to go through a process of cleansing. For some, bathing thoroughly or soaking regularly is sufficient; particularly if she is healthy, has a strict diet, and disciplined exercise routine. In addition, those who need to douche may not need to douche every time. We must become masters of our unique body chemistry, so that we are able to note and manage any fluctuations. If women find that they do need to douche or formally cleanse themselves on a regular basis, please choose a natural alternative. Each woman has to decide what works best for her, but some suggestions include: adding a little distilled white vinegar to a warm bath and soaking; or adding baking soda to a warm bath. Also, try drinking apple cider vinegar (slightly diluted); and adding garlic to your daily diet. There are many additional healthy and safe alternatives. We strongly recommend consulting with a naturopathic or holistic healthcare practitioner for more guidance.
(Sister Fudia Muhammad is a member of Muhammad Mosque No. 64 in Austin, Texas. She is married to Student Minister Robert L. Muhammad and they have been blessed with four children. Sister Fudia holds a Master’s degree in Education – she is a writer, an educator and an advocate for God-centered child-rearing.)