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Guard yourself against vaginal infections during monsoon with these 7 tips

Published on:4 July 2021, 13:00pm IST
Vaginal infections are more likely to occur during monsoon due to fluctuations in temperature and the increased humidity, both factors that contribute to fungal and bacterial growth.
Aayushi Gupta
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Clean your vagina regularly to avoid infection! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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During the monsoon, the humidity level is quite high. Due to this, the season has come to be associated with issues like frizzy hair, greasy skin, and chafing. But, it doesn’t end there! The high moisture content in the environment and increased sweating combined with tight underwear often give bacteria ideal conditions to grow.

The rainy season is notorious for bringing with it a host of viral, fungal, and bacterial diseases. Thus, it is important to do something in order to prevent vaginal infections. If you don’t take timely action, you might have to spend the monsoon in a lot of pain and discomfort.

You can adopt these simple habits to maintain good vaginal health throughout the monsoon season:
1. Wear breathable underwear

Wearing breathable cotton underwear is the best choice when it comes to keeping the vagina healthy and happy. Tight underwear can reduce airflow, increasing the risk of developing rashes and irritation. It can create a hospitable environment for bacterial overgrowth. Breathable underwear will allow your vagina to stay dry and will keep things airy down there!

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2. Keep your vagina clean and dry

During monsoon, the pH levels of the vagina fall as a result of the increased moisture that makes women more vulnerable to vaginal infections. Frequently cleaning your intimate area can keep it free of bacterial infection and odour. 

If you don’t take care of your vaginal hygiene, it can cause problems. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
3. Say goodbye to douching

Douching is a no-no! It is harmful because it disturbs the pH balance of your vagina and can disturb the normal vaginal bacteria balance. Hence, douching can make the vagina more vulnerable to infections and discomfort.

4. Drink enough water to stay hydrated

Monsoon causes excessive sweating. One tends to lose body fluid and salt rapidly. This could potentially lead to irritation and a burning sensation around intimate areas. Keeping yourself hydrated helps in maintaining bacterial balance and a healthy pH level, reducing the risk of vaginal infection.

5. Don’t shave pubic hair too often

Pubic hair plays a protective role. It reduces friction during activities like sexual intercourse and also prevents the transmission of bacteria. During the monsoon, it can prevent the spread of bacteria and reduce the risk of infection.

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6. Wipe from the front to back

Whenever you’re cleaning your vagina, make it a point to clean from the front to the back. Doing so will ensure that bacteria from the anal area don’t get transferred to the vaginal area. Moreover, not wiping after urination can lead to odour and risk of vaginal infections. So, be careful while cleaning yourself!

You need to be careful with your vagina health. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
7. Avoid spicy food

Spicy foods might cause a burning sensation down there. In fact, increased intake of spicy food can negatively impact the pH level of the vagina, increasing the incidence of fungal infection.

8. Clean your vagina after intercourse

Make it a point to urinate and clean your vagina after intercourse. This practice will help you reduce the growth of bacteria and steer clear of infections. 

So, ladies, practice these habits to take care of your vagina during the monsoon. 

Aayushi Gupta Aayushi Gupta

Candid, outspoken, but prudent--Aayushi is exploring her place in media world.