Summer vaginal health tips for your vacation
Here’s your vaginal care checklist that you can refer to on the move, to keep things feeling good down there all day long.
1. Put on loose, cotton clothing in the morning
Things like sitting for a long time on a plane and wearing tight shorts to brunch in the heat can contribute to creating a warm environment in your intimate area. This can lead to bacteria overgrowth. Wearing loose comfy clothes with breathable cotton can help to reduce sweat and overgrowth of bacteria, whilst also making sure you keep uncomfortable chafing to a minimum.
2. Keep fresh during the day
Whilst people tend to shower more when it’s warm anyway, make sure that you’re maintaining vaginal care throughout the day on vacation. For example, chlorine and chemicals from pools can aggravate your intimate area, so keeping clean after swimming with an intimate wash like the AH! YES Cleanse – Feminine Intimate washes (that’s the YES® CLEANSE – Intimate Wash for our UK readers) is essential for your vaginal health.
If dryness is an issue for you, the AH! YES OB Plant-Oil Natural Lubricant (YES® OB Oil-Based Lubricant in the UK) can even be used as a soothing and hydrating moisturizer, acting as a protective layer when applied to your vulva and vagina before taking a dip. Consider avoiding douching beforehand though, as this can throw off the natural pH balance of your vagina and cause infections to occur.
3. Don’t lounge in wet swimwear
We love the feeling of stretching out poolside in the sun after a swim, but warm wet swimwear creates the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive. Make sure you wash, dry off well (avoiding damp towels) and change into something else to help keep things feeling happy and healthy.
4. Re-think your evening hydration
You might find yourself more prone to feeling dehydrated in the evenings on vacation, especially if you’ve been sweating during the day. Drinking lots is obviously important for a multitude of reasons, but ensuring that your water glass is full as you top up the wine at dinner can also help keep vaginal dryness at bay – which can otherwise leave you feeling sore and irritated.
If you are bothered by dryness, using a daily vaginal gel like the AH! YES VM Natural Vaginal Moisturizer (YES® VM Vaginal Moisturiser in the UK) is another great way to relieve discomfort and replenish your natural moisture.
5. Prepare for bedtime
It’s a fact that people tend to have more sex on vacation, and choosing a gentle, glycerin-free lube can help make intimate moments feel even better. Glycerin is a common ingredient in many personal lubricant products, and yet it can disrupt the delicate pH balance of your vagina and even increase your risk of yeast infections. Choosing a lube like the AH! YES WB Water-Based Natural Lubricant (YES® WB Water-Based Lubricant for UK readers) ensures a natural, intensely hydrating, and gentle experience. It has no negative impact on sperm motility, and it is also available in handy travel sizes, too.
While we’re at it, we should also mention here that sleeping without underwear is a great idea as it lets things breathe on warm nights.