Maintaining some care for the intimate area is essential to prevent complications and gynecological diseases.
Spending time in the water, whether in the sea or in the pool, is what many people want most on hot days. However, in addition to being outdoors, these places tend to be very busy, gathering a large number of people.
And all this movement, as well as the natural components of water, can cause some complications to appear. Among them are a series of gynecological complaints🇧🇷 But why does this happen?
First, you need to understand how the female genital organ and its internal and external structures work. “On the outside, we have the vulva, which is formed by the mount of venus, labia majora, labia minora and clitoris. The labia majora contain glands that produce lubricating secretions that maintain a natural oiliness”, explains Cacia Rocha, a doctor specializing in human reproduction, gynecology and obstetrics.
The inner part has the vagina, cervix, uterus, tubes and ovaries. “The vagina connects with the vulva, it has a Acid pH around 4.5 and has a flora composed of lactobacilli that are vaginal protectors. Decreasing these may favor urinary tract and sexually transmitted infections”, says Cacia.
The specialist says that, considering these characteristics, some habits can modify the balance of the vagina – like going to beaches and swimming pools in the summer without proper care.
Protecting the body in summer
Check out tips to keep vaginal health up to date when attending the beach and pool:
1- Don’t stay too long in a wet bikini
Keeping the intimate area exposed to moisture for a prolonged period, especially with sea and pool water, can cause changes in the vaginal PH. This makes the body more at risk of developing yeast infections such as candidiasis.
2- Keep your bathing suit clean
To spend time outdoors safely, it’s important to change your used bathing suits every day or sanitize them when you get home. According to Cacia, sea and pool water can leave residues on clothing, which can cause irritation in the vulva, decrease in natural oiliness, allergic or contact dermatitis or even infections.
3- Beware of menstruation
Menstruation doesn’t stop the day at the beach or pool from happening. However, the way it is treated calls for attention, as it is necessary to maintain good hygienic habits during the cycle.
“If you are menstruating, you can use tampons or menstrual cups, changing pads and sanitizing cups every three or four hours. Tampons used for a long time can cause infection,” explains Cacia.
4- Limit on waxing
When it comes to the female body, there is no shortage of limits imposed by beauty standards. Among them is the need for hair-free skin, making the search for depilatory methods grow in times of heat.
According to Cacia, hair has the function of protecting the vagina, and excessive waxing traumatizes the skin of the vulva. “Some studies are already beginning to show that total depilation can favor sexually transmitted infections. It would be ideal to keep the hairs that intertwine at the entrance to the vagina, thus maintaining the temperature, the PH and the vaginal defense flora, ”she says.
5- Attention at rest time
As swimwear leaves the intimate area more exposed to external factors, it is important to pay attention when sitting on chairs, covering them with a clean cloth to avoid contamination by viruses and bacteria. Also, sitting on the sand should be avoided, as it can facilitate contact with the geographic animal.
6- Avoid body oils
The search for a tan makes many people pass body oils of different types. However, this habit can increase the risk of burns and increase the chances of skin cancer. Thus, applying products to the vulva is not recommended.
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