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Wet Bathing Suits and Yeast Infections: Not Fun

If you've ever had a yeast infection then you know how horribly uncomfortable they are. Since warm weather sends us flocking to the beach or the pool, you should know that hanging out in your wet bathing suit could cause major problems "down south."

Here's the deal. Yeast are tiny organisms that naturally grow in your vagina (in small numbers), and the acidic environment there helps to keep the yeast from overpopulating. If your vagina becomes less acidic, the yeast can multiply and cause an itchy and burning yeast infection. Not fun. The precious acidic balance of your vagina can be changed when you have your period, if you go on or off birth control, or if you take certain medications like antibiotics.

However, excess moisture or irritation can also encourage yeast to grow. That's why it is so important NOT to hang out in a wet bathing suit. If you won't be drying off quickly in the sun, make sure to change into a pair of dry underwear soon after you're done swimming. A pair that has a cotton crotch is best.

Along the same lines, as soon as you're done exercising, get out of those sweaty clothes. Take a shower if you can, and be sure to wash your clothes after each use. To be extra careful, think about getting some wicking undies to wear while exercising.

Fit's Tips: If you suspect you have a yeast infection, you can test yourself using Fem-V, or call your gyno just to make sure. You don't want to use an OTC medicine like Monistat if you don't have a yeast infection.


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SU3 SU3 10 years
Good post & so important! Once I'm out of the pool or getting into my car from the beach - I change right away!
txhottie txhottie 10 years
And my boyfriend thought I was crazy for changing into my undies last night after the hot tub! I have suffered from yeast infections as well as Bacterial Vaginosis. They can have similar symptoms, but need very different cures. If you have never had a yeast infection and you think you have one, always see your doctor. Once she/he has confirmed, then it would be ok to try to self diagnose. Fit is right, you don't want to use a yeast infection product if you don't have one! It could cause an imbalance.
darkoblivion darkoblivion 10 years
I never knew this... I've never had a yeast infection before either though.
rachelbojangles rachelbojangles 10 years
I've actually never had one. I do remember being young and wearing my bathing suit for like a week straight. I'd sleep in it, swim, walk around the neighborhood eating a sno-cone with my friends. I bet that wasn't healthy.
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