Q&A: What Should I Do About Water Getting Into My Vagina?
Posted July 18, 2013
QUESTION: Hi. I have a problem with water getting into my vagina when I swim and bathe. I was wondering if there is such a thing as a vagina plug to help women prevent water from entering their vaginas. If not, that would be a great idea. I can't swim or take a bath without getting an infection.
There is no real way to close off the vagina to the outside world. Although tampons can be inserted into the vagina to absorb menstrual blood during a woman’s period, it would not adequately keep water out of the vagina during swimming or bathing. Nor would sex toys, such as dildos, or medical devices, such as vaginal dilators.
Consider Visiting A Doctor
It would be very unusual for a woman to develop vaginal infections simply from exposure to water during swimming or bathing. If you have concerns about a vaginal infection, I would encourage you to check in with a healthcare provider who can examine you.
It’s also possible that you are experiencing a urinary tract infection rather than a vaginal infection. Although the urethral opening is near the vaginal opening, they are separate openings. Because they are so close, sometimes irritation of one feels like irritation of the other.
Be Careful With Soap
Also, because women’s genitals are sensitive, many healthcare providers recommend that women avoid using soap directly on their genitals. The vagina cleans itself through vaginal discharge.
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