5 Summer Vagina & Vulva Care Tips To Help Avoid Chafing, Infections, & More

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Oh, summertime. A time of warm weather, cute outfits, swimming, hanging out with family and friends… And a time of an irritated vulva or pained vagina. Yup, you got that right — the warmer months are prime time for infections, chafing, swelling, pain flare-ups, and general irritation in your pubic region. But fear not — these summer vagina and vulva care tips can help you keep everything healthy all summer (and year) long.

"Summertime means sweaty times, which can mean not-so-great times for our vulvas," Arielle Egozi, sex columnist, sex positive influencer, and co-founder of Bread, tells Bustle. "Yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis love a hot and humid environment, and the summer heat doesn’t help (neither does staying in your wet swimsuit!). Be sure to change your underwear often, and try to wear organic materials like cotton. If you’re into shaving and waxing your pubes, you’ll also be a lot more prone to ingrown hairs. Be sure to exfoliate, and remember that there isn’t any shame in showing some hair or some bumps."

But just because it's getting hot and sweaty out doesn't mean you have to suffer. There are steps you can take to prevent all of the following six ways summer can mess with your vagina and vulva. So be proactive about your vaginal and vulvar health and get ready to enjoy your summer to the fullest.