Summer is here and with that it means it’s time for swimming. A fun activity that can last all day if you’re heading to the beach or a particularly nice pool. Even pool parties can last hours when people are trying to beat the heat. But is it safe to leave your swimsuit on all day? How does that affect your vaginal health?
Leaving a wet swimsuit on may not be the best idea but let’s talk about why. Is it safe for a few hours? What if your swuimsuit dries while you’re out in the sun? There’s a lot to coverhere so let’s answer some questions. Is it safe to leave your swimsuit on all day? Let’s talk about it.
Is It Safe To Leave Your Swimsuit On All Day?
If by “safe” you mean it’s not going to cause any issues, then no. It’s not a good idea to leave wet clothes on, including swimsuits. That goes double for leaving them on all day. The reasons can vary depending on your personal health history and your vagina’s needs.
Leaving wet swuimsuits on is a breeding ground for bacteria which can lead to bacterial vaginosis, for one thing. There’s also yeast infections to consider. All vaginas have yeast in them, but a warm and wet environment can cause the yeast that’s there naturally to grow out of control.
In short, it’s best to bring a change of clothes with you if you’re going to be in the water. You’ll want to change to make sure you are protecting your vaginal health. It’s also just more comfortable to be in dry clothes once you’re done in the pool (or lake etc) for the day.
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How Long Can I Leave A Wet Swimsuit On?
Ideally you’d change as soon as you’re done in the water. It’s just like after the gym. You want to freshen up and get out of those wet clothes as soon as possible. Remember, you’re fighting off bacteria and yeast which don’t care if you’re having a good time poolside.
You’re probably fine to leave it on for an hour or so but the best advice is to change asap. You don’t have to run at full speed for the changing room, but don’t put it off either. When you get out of the water, head to change when you can. It’s really for the best of your vagina and overall health to change into dry clothes sooner rather than later.
What If The Swimsuit Dries While In The Sun?
Honestly if your swimsuit dries while you’re laying out in the sun, you’ve probably already left it on too long. The idea is that you wouldn’t give it time to dry. You would change before that has a chance to happen. Sometimes though, you get distracted, and it’s not the end of the world if that happens.
If your suit is dry it’s still a good idea to change. Your swimsuit may still have bacteria built up and there’s noting that feels quite as good as putting on fresh clean clothes anyhow. Basically, even if it’s dry, change your swuimsuit as soon as you can. It’s for the best.
If you’re at the pool or beach, bring a change of clothes. Don’t plan to stay in your suit all day long. It’s just not going to be a great thing for the health of your vagina. It might require a little extra planning prior to your trip to go swimming but it will be worth it in the end.
Sarah Nelson is a nurse with 15 years of experience working with a variety of patients. She has a Masters of Science in Nursing and has spent a large portion of her career working exclusively with women in an OB/GYN setting.
Nursing is a passion for Sarah but she also enjoys writing and sharing her expertise online with people who need helpful information. Treating patients well and helping them learn more about their own bodies is a key essential to a healthy lifestyle that Sarah truly believes in.