7 Ways To Keep Your Vagina Happy and Healthy This Summer

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Your vagina is definitely a little high maintenance, but what would you do without her? Between grooming, cleaning, sex, and just general everyday life, you probably put a lot of work into keeping your lady bits happy and healthy. 

In the summer, that maintenance is only increased due to the special circumstances. It is important to keep your vagina properly cleaned, dry, and healthy. Doing this when you're constantly sweaty and running around enjoying yourself can be difficult 

Here are a few simple but effective tips that will help keep your vagina feeling good while you enjoy the rest of your summer. 

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Wear Cotton Panties

Those soft silk and gorgeous lace panties may be sexy, but they don't always promote good vaginal health. The material isn't very breathable and it definitely isn't good for keeping your lady bits dry. 

Nice cotton panties and even fitness underwear are the best panties to wear all year long, but especially during the summer. Not only are they super breathable but they will help prevent infections as well. 

This doesn't mean you have to start wearing granny panties. Plenty of your favorite underwear companies make cotton panties that are comfortable, cute, and sexy at the same time. 

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Switch Out Your Soap

The type of soap you use plays a huge role in the overall health of your vagina. Harsh chemical soaps and even many of those "safe" feminine washes can upset your pH balance, promoting vaginal infections. 

When showering, you should make sure you're using a super mild soap, washing only your outer labia with it. For your inner labia, a bit of warm water and a cloth are all you need to keep clean. 

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Invest In Some Condoms

If you're married or in a committed, monogamous relationship, the thought of having to use condoms again may not be great. But according to recent findings, rubbers do more than just help prevent STIs and pregnancy. 

Condom usage during sex has been known to decrease the risk of yeast infections and help keep your pH balance in check. Investing in a couple packs of condoms may seriously improve your vaginal health this summer.

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Try Sleeping Naked

This suggestion takes very little effort. In fact, you may already do it. Sleeping naked, or at least sleeping without underwear and in loose bottoms allows your vagina to breathe. 

Your lady bits are almost constantly covered, and in the summer, things can get hot and sweaty down there. Giving them a chance to "cool off" at night will you're sleeping will keep you super fresh.

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Don't Sit Around In A Damp Swimsuit

If you're spending the majority of your time in a swimsuit, that is a strong indicator that you're having an amazing summer. While trotting around the pool or beach in a bikini is fun, it isn't necessarily healthy for your vagina. 

Sitting around in wet and damp swimsuit bottoms creates the perfect environment for UTIs and uncomfortable chafing. If possible, change out of your wet suit as soon as you can and make sure you're completely dry when you're finished swimming. 

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Be Careful With Your Grooming

Even if you're a regular waxer, a bit of self-grooming is usually necessary in order to be ready for the summer. While taking care of your body hair keeps you more comfortable in the short term, if you don't do things the right way, it could cause a lot of pain in the long run. 

Whether you're shaving, plucking, or waxing, you should make sure you wait at least 48 hours in between your grooming and the time you actually spend in the water. Doing this ensures that those delicate pores are closed and healed. 

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Take It Easy On The Tight Clothes

Your favorite skinny jeans and Daisy Dukes look fantastic, but during the hot summer, they could signal disaster for your vagina. 

When you're out in the heat, you get hot and sweaty. This, combined with tight clothes, doesn't give your vagina very much room to breath. The buildup of moisture could lead to yeast infections and bad odors. 

You don't have to completely change your wardrobe, but incorporating more dresses, skirts, and flowy items into your clothing selection would go a long way.

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JORDYN SMITH

Professional freelancer who is in love with makeup, good TV shows, and birthday cake. When I'm not writing for Fanbread I can usually be found hoarding liquid lipsticks, daydreaming about meeting Beyoncé, or binge-watching my favorite show for the millionth time. Sometimes I even manage to do all three at once. 

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