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How Swimming Can Wreak Havoc on Your Vagina

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Ever Felt Itching or Dryness after a Dip in the Pool?

Don’t we all love to swim? After all, there’s no other exercise that’s fun and helps you stay in shape like swimming! But have you ever experienced anything weird in your vagina after a dip in the pool, such as itching or dryness? If you’re wondering whether swimming is bad for your vagina, the answer, unfortunately, is yes.

Unfortunately, chlorine can affect your vagina in certain ways, and cause the following infections:

Yeast infections

Chlorine affects the pH balance of your vagina, and as a result, increases the chances of fungus to grow. This can ultimately lead to yeast infections.


Chlorine also causes inflammation, as it disrupts the normal pH balance of your vagina. It may also cause allergic reactions in the vagina that makes it swollen or itchy.

Bacterial vaginosis

This infection can make the vaginal area incredibly itchy, and is accompanied by smelly vaginal discharge. Bacterial vaginosis can also cause a lot of discomfort and pain. Plus, the discharge coming out of your vagina can also cause other skin problems down there.


Did you know that chlorine affects the external area of the vagina as well? You can feel a burning or itching sensation on the skin of your vulva, if it becomes too sensitive to chlorine.

Now you are probably wondering what you can do to avoid infections this summer! Luckily, we have some pre and post vaginal care tips to avoid discomfort, pH imbalance, and bacterial infections: 

Don’t hang out in wet or damp clothes

When you go swimming, change out of your wet bathing suit as soon as possible. The wet environment creates a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause infections.

Wear breathable clothing

One of the best things you can do for your vaginal health is to wear breathable clothing. Choose fabrics that won’t trap moisture.

Check ingredients in your intimate products

Make sure any of the intimate products you use like lubricants, moisturizers, or hygiene items don’t contain dirty ingredients that can cause irritation or infection. If you love 100% natural products just as much as we do at Damiva, make sure to take a look at Cleo, the first 100% all natural labial moisturizer.

Check out Cleo if you have vaginal issues after swimming

Teal-coloured sachet of Cleo by Damiva - 100% Natural labial balm. We found that Cleo is the perfect companion to soothe irritation after going for a swim. It’s practical sachet form makes it easy to take it with you, it fits in every purse, beach bag or overnight bag and is super light. 


2 thoughts on “How Swimming Can Wreak Havoc on Your Vagina”

  1. Cheryl DrewJones

    Never throught swimming would be harmful to the vagina

  2. Susan

    What about lake or ocean swimming?

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