Way back in the fall, I did a post on how the cold weather affects your vaigna. Surprisingly, I learned that what’s going on with the temperature and season changes can really cause some serious changes to your vag. Odds are, you might not know what’s happening down there when you’re experiencing this beautiful spring weather. I don’t blame you! It’s so nice out and you are breaking out all of your pretty summer dresses, so you probably don’t have time to pay attention to your vagina. But, you sort of need to. Actually, you REALLY need to.
Unfortunately, when the weather gets warm, a lot of icky things can happen to your vagina. Obviously, not all things that will happen are terrible, but they can be, and it’s important to know exactly what can happen so you are prepared for it, so you can try not to freak out (that much). Most likely, nothing life-threatening will happen to your vagina this summer, but it’s really important to beware of things that can happen. So, if you have a vagina and are planning on doing things outside this summer, take a look at these things that will can happen to your vagina within the next few months. Also good to note: just because you might experience these things this summer, does NOT mean you are gross, it means you are human, and the human body does this stuff sometimes!
You're More At Risk For UTIsIt SUCKS, but UTIs are a lot more common in the summer. Some suggest it's because people get more dehydrated in the summer, which can contribute to poor vaginal health. Whatever the reason, you are more at risk for a UTI this summer. A good way to avoid those nasty UTIs is by doing everything you can to keep bacteria out of your vag. Peeing after sex, changing out of your bikini bottoms, and staying away from tight shorts is a must. Image Source: iStock
You Might Get A Yeast InfectionIn addition to those fun UTIs, you are also at risk for a yeast infection this summer. The most common way you can get a yeast infection this summer is by hanging around too long in your bikini bottoms. I know you'll want to tan and hang around in your bikini, but just be super careful, okay? Image Source: iStock
You Sweat A LotObviously, your vagina will get sweaty, and that will be annoying AF. In order to keep your vagina dry, try to wear loose, cotton underwear, instead of spandex or lacey thongs. Also, don't be afraid to go commando this summer. Let your vagina brrrrreeeaaathhheee. Image Source: iStock
IrritationIrritation can come in a lot of forms, but the worst is when it comes from friction down there. If you wear pads, not only will it cause irritation, but it will also increase your sweat production and even help bacteria grow down there. You should do whatever you're comfortable with, but you might want to look to alternatives to pads this summer, for the sake of your vaginal health! Image Source: iStock
You Use The Wrong ProductsOkay, this sucks, and just shows that you need to be super careful when it comes to cleaning down there. Recently, a woman used a mint and tea-tree body wash on her vag and it did NOT go well. Please, be cautious when it comes to what you're using down there. When in doubt, just use water to clean down there! Image Source: iStock
You GEt Razor BurnWith summer, comes bathing suits, and with bathing suits come the annoying hair removal process. If you tend to go down the "shaving" route when it comes to pubic hair, you should be prepared for razor burn. It happens at it SUCKS. Be sure to shave the direction that your hair is growing, and make sure you use hot water to open up your pores so that hair removal is a bit easier. Image Source: iStock
Your Vag SmellsWhen there is sweat, there are also smells. There isn't really anything you can do to avoid this, and you don't want to use fragrance soaps down there, since it can be bad for your pH balance. When it comes to vaginal smell, you just sort of have to live with it and make sure you are keeping your vag healthy! Image Source: iStock
How will you take care of your vagina? Tell us in the comments!