078: Summer sweat, water and sand can irritate your lady parts

Summer is the time for sand, sea and sweat, and because of that, your vagina needs extra care during these hot months. Our bodies, and in this case, our vaginas, do a great job of balancing themselves out; however, when you’re lounging in a wet swimsuit, that balance can go out of whack. Chemicals from a pool and bacteria from the ocean and lakes get absorbed into your swimsuit’s fabric. This creates a damp, warm place for budding germs to turn into a urinary tract infection (UTI), a bacterial overgrowth in the vagina known as bacterial vaginosis, or a yeast infection. Dr. Oakley will dive into how summer can take a toll on your lady parts and share the best summer tips for your lady bits. All of these infections are treatable, but best of all, easily preventable. Thank you for listening. Please send in your comments, questions and suggestions for future topics at TheLadyBod@stelizabeth.com. The Lady Bod Podcast is presented by St. Elizabeth Healthcare and Physicians.