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Vaginal infections increase in summer: how to take care of your intimate hygiene during pregnancy

According to the Spanish Association of Gynecology and Obstetrics (SEGO), in the summer vaginal infections increase by 50 percent and account for a third of visits to the gynecologist.

The increase in humidity and high temperatures become the perfect combination for microorganisms or bacteria to appear, altering our intimate flora. The most common symptoms of this type of infection are itching, irritation, discomfort, burning or changes in the vaginal discharge.

The vaginal flora has a population made up mainly of lactobacilli, which together contribute to maintaining a balanced ecosystem, an adequate pH and proper lubrication of the vagina.

They also have a protective function against the growth of potentially pathogenic bacteria. When this balance is altered, as in summer, the protective role of lactobacilli decreases, thus favoring infections.

How to take care of intimate hygiene during pregnancy

  • Use intimate hygiene products that respect the vaginal pH (acid). For daily hygiene, just water is enough.
  • Avoid excessive intimate hygiene and vaginal douching, as they could alter the vaginal flora, increasing the risk of infections.
  • Change wet swimwear as soon as possible for clothes that are dry.
  • Wipe from front to back when you go to the bathroom.
  • Use cotton garments that are not too tight to promote perspiration.
  • If you notice discomfort or itching, and you think you might have an infection, it is advisable to consult your doctor as soon as possible to make a diagnosis and determine the treatment to follow.

When to consult

Keep in mind that during pregnancy, vaginal discharge increases as a result of hormones, and therefore noticing a change in discharge does not necessarily mean that there is an infection, but changes typical of pregnancy.

However, if you notice a much heavier flow than usual, if it has a different color, odor and consistency, and if you feel pain and/or burning when urinating and during or after sexual intercourse, consult your doctor.

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