Sweating is a common phenomenon. In summer, especially, people tend to perspire a lot. Sweat may be visible on the face, neck and even armpits, but the vaginal area also gets sweaty. Besides the summer heat, there are more reasons why we sweat down there. Read on to find out the reasons and what to do about excessive sweating around vagina.
Health Shots connected with Dr Rashmi Baliyan, Gynaecologist and Obstetrician Consultant, Primus Super Speciality Hospital, New Delhi, to know if it’s okay to sweat a lot around the vagina.
Reasons why women get sweaty around vagina
Sweating around the vagina is a normal physiological response that helps to regulate body temperature and maintain moisture down there, says Dr Baliyan. However, there are several factors that can contribute to increased sweating in this area. Here are five possible reasons –
1. Physical activity
Engaging in physical activities such as exercise or sports can lead to increased sweating in various parts of the body, including the vaginal area. Physical exertion raises body temperature, and sweating is the body’s way of cooling down. The increased blood flow to the vaginal area during exercise can also contribute to sweating.
2. Hot and humid weather
High temperatures and humidity can act as triggers and cause increased sweating throughout the body, including the vaginal area.
3. Hormonal changes
Hormonal fluctuations during different phases of the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause can affect sweat production, says the expert. Some women may notice increased sweating around the vagina during these times due to hormonal changes.
4. Anxiety and stress
Whether it is anxiety or stress, it can trigger sweating in various parts of the body. The body’s response to stress involves the activation of the sympathetic nervous system, which can lead to increased sweating.
5. Certain medical conditions
Some medical conditions may cause excessive sweating in the vaginal area. Conditions such as hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), infections like bacterial vaginosis or yeast infections, or hormonal disorders can contribute to increased sweat production around the vagina.
Tips to follow if you sweat a lot around vagina
Excessive sweating around the vagina, known as vaginal hyperhidrosis, can cause discomfort and may be a sign of an underlying issue. You may feel wet down there and skin irritation. There is also an increased risk of developing infections. The expert explains that excessive moisture in the genital area can create an environment that is conducive to the growth of bacteria or fungi. This can potentially lead to conditions such as bacterial vaginosis or yeast infections. Also, excessive sweating may cause embarrassment or self-consciousness.
If women experience excessive sweating around the vagina, they can do the following:
1. Maintain good hygiene
Regularly wash the vaginal area with mild, unscented soap and warm water. Try not to use harsh or scented products even if you want to smell nice down there, as these can irritate the skin.
2. Wear breathable underwear
Opt for the right underwear that is made of breathable material like cotton to promote air circulation and reduce moisture buildup.
3. Choose loose-fitting clothes
Wear loose, breathable clothing that allows air to circulate freely and helps keep the genital area dry.
4. Use absorbent pads or liners
Consider using absorbent pads or liners specifically designed for excessive sweating to help manage moisture and prevent discomfort, says Dr Baliyan.
5. Use talcum or antiperspirant powders
Applying talcum or antiperspirant powders specifically made for the vaginal area can help to absorb moisture and reduce sweating. However, it is essential to choose powders that are safe for intimate use.
If excessive sweating continues or is accompanied by other symptoms, it is important to go to a doctor.