Personal hygiene and travel
During exercise, sweating and dampness in the mucosa can cause or exacerbate irritation and itching, especially in women regularly prone to minor gynaecological discomfort.
Here are our tips for reconciling exercise, comfort and wellbeing in your intimate area.
For all sports (jogging, dance, fitness, etc.):
After sport, showering or using wipes are the only ways to stop dampness and calm any potential irritation caused by friction with clothes.
1. Avoid wearing excessively tight trousers or shorts, which cause sweating and friction, a source of irritation.
2. Wear cotton underwear, rather than more irritating synthetic or silk fabrics.
3. After exercise, take a shower and perform an intimate hygiene routine, to prevent the dampness that often leads to fungal infections.
4. Wash yourself with your bare hands, as facecloths can harbour germs. Don’t use them at all!
5. If you shower frequently, use a soap-free gentle cleansing care,
6. After your shower, dry your body and intimate area thoroughly using a clean, dry towel.
7. Use soothing intimate wipes if you can’t take a shower. These are practical as they can be popped discreetly in your sports bag.
For water sports enthusiasts:
The water in swimming pools can exacerbate female itching and irritation on sensitive skin and mucous membranes.
Once out of the water, we recommend wearing your wet swimsuit for as little time as possible. This is because the humidity in your swimsuit causes fungal infections to develop.
It’s also important to remove any traces of chlorine and disinfectant products from pool water, which are highly irritating, by showering with an intimate and body hygiene product or using soothing intimate hygiene wipes.
Dr. Jean-marc Bohob
Practising gynaecology for 15 years at the Croix Rousse Hospital, specialising in childbirth