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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of 25 study participants enrolled at the Public Health Service clinic in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from September 2015 to January 2017

From: Effects of an over-the-counter lactic-acid containing intra-vaginal douching product on the vaginal microbiota

DemographicsN = 25 (%)
Age, median [IQR]24 [22–29]
Ethnic background
 Dutch22 (88)
 Middle-Eastern1 (4)
 Eastern European1 (4)
 African (paternal heritage)1 (4)
Has ever been pregnant1 (4)
Has any children0 (0)
Completed higher education25 (100)
Smoking5a (20)
Medication use last 30 days
 Antibiotics use0 (0)
 Flucanozol1 (4)
 Corticosteroids1 (4)
 Valaciclovir1 (4)
 Combined oral contraceptives15 (60)
Menstrual cycle
 Regular menses24 (96)
 Length of menstrual cycle, median [IQR] (n = 24)28 [28–28]
 Protection during menses
  Tampons18 (72)
  Sanitary pads2 (8)
  Tampons & sanitary pads4 (16)
  Menses cup1 (4)
Sexual behavior
 Sex with men only24 (96)
 Sex with women only1 (4)
 Number of sex partners last 30 days
  05 (20)
  120 (80)
  (Regular) condom use9 (36)
Self-reported urogenital symptoms
 Vaginal discharge7 (28)
 Pain during sex1 (4)
Vaginal hygiene behavior last 6 months
 External vaginal cleansing product
  Only water15 (60)
  Water & lactic acid containing product9 (36)
  Water & soap1 (4)
 Tool used to apply cleansing product
  Only hands23 (92)
  Hands & washing cloth or tissue2 (8)
 Used an intra-vaginal cleansing product0 (0)
  1. a < 5 cigarettes per day