So vaginal infections have seasons like the weather?

Well, not quite… Since most vaginal infections flourish in warm, wet conditions, hot summer days might lead to an increase in vaginal infections.

It is possible to get a yeast infection at any time of the year. As a result of the high temperatures and humidity of the summer, they are more likely to occur because yeast grows in the vagina and becomes an ideal breeding ground.

Here’s a 101 on all you need to include in your hot girl summer checklist, from SPF 70 to vaginal infections and how to deal with them this summer.

What’s a yeast infection?

Let’s start with one of the most common types of infections during the summer : YEAST INFECTIONS! They can happen at any time of the year but are more prone to arising during the summer months due to the change in temperature and summer activities like swimming.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “A vaginal yeast infection is a fungal infection that causes irritation, discharge, and intense itchiness of the vagina and the vulva — the tissues at the vaginal opening. Also called vaginal candidiasis, vaginal yeast infection affects up to 3 out of 4 women at some point in their lifetimes.”

The following symptoms can accompany a yeast infection, ranging from mild to moderate:

  • Irritation and itchiness in the vaginal area and vulva
  • The sensation of burning, especially during intercourse or when urinating
  • Vulval redness and swelling
  • Soreness and pain in the vaginal area
  • Rash on the vaginal area
  • Having a thick, white, odorless discharge that looks like cottage cheese
  • Vaginal discharge that is watery

What other vaginal infections can I get during the summer?

Skin infections

Some women tend to shave immediately before going to the pool or into the ocean, which may increase their chances of getting  a skin infection. Your skin is sensitive after shaving or waxing, and your follicles are wide open. This increases the likelihood of bacteria and other germs irritating your skin. Instead, groom yourself 24 to 48 hours before you want to swim. To help with skin healing, keep the area moist.

Bacterial Vaginosis

Your chances of contracting bacterial vaginosis or vaginitis increase in this moist, warm environment. You can prevent bacterial illness by wearing loose-fitting clothes made from natural fabrics that are breathable, such as cotton or linen. Long periods of sitting might raise vaginal temperatures. So try to take short walks to air things out.


Urinary Tract Infections

Dehydration is one of the leading causes of urinary tract infections (UTI). When you aren’t drinking enough fluids, bacteria that are usually gotten rid of when you go to the bathroom can remain in your urinary system, grow, and cause bacterial illnesses. Drink lots of water throughout the day to reduce your chances of getting a UTI.

Hot girls keep themselves hydrated during the summer!

Although drinking beer on the beach, white wine during a barbecue, and enjoying happy hour drinks on a rooftop are all enjoyable ways to celebrate the season. It is important to note, however, that these beverages are highly sugary and dehydrating. You should stay hydrated as much as possible.


Our pH balance is affected by what we consume, and hydration plays an influential role in moisture retention. Stress also plays a huge role in how our vagina’s function, so when you are sick, worried about trip arrangements, itineraries,or even have guilt over vacation days you are taking, you are placing stress on your body.

Is there anyway to prevent vaginal infections this summer?

While vaginal infections are not preventable for all women, there are things you can do to lessen your chances.

  1. Cotton underwear is your best friend. Since cotton is breathable, neither heat nor moisture are held on to by it.
  2. Try to stay away from tight clothing. You can experience an increase in humidity in your private areas as well as an increase in body temperature when you use them. As a result, you are more likely to develop a yeast infection.
  3. Get out of those sweaty or wet clothes. Change into dry clothes as soon as you get home from the gym or after a swim.
  4. Take antibiotics only when needed. Antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria. So they make your vagina more prone to infection.
  5. Don’t douche. Even if you feel you smell kinda funky , douches are your vagina’s worst enemy.
  6. Drink water.

When should I visit my gynecologist?

If you experience any of the following:

  • You’ve never had yeast infection symptoms before
  • Your symptoms of a yeast infection are unclear
  • If you’ve tried over-the-counter creams and suppositories that contain antifungal ingredients, your symptoms do not improve
  • Other symptoms begin to appear

Don’t self-treat

Even if you’ve previously experienced a yeast infection or a case of BV, don’t self-diagnose if you detect unusual symptoms. Due to their similar appearance and symptoms, yeast infections and BV are often confused, and their treatments differ greatly. The best way to ensure you’re treating the right problem is to consult a specialist. Dr. Saldaña will thoroughly describe your treatment during your appointment. Contact the Vida Wellness and Beauty team now to schedule a consultation.

Dr. Javier Saldaña

Dr. Javier Saldaña is a board-certified OBGYN that practices at VIDA Clinic in Tijuana. He specializes in Vaginal Surgery, Laser Vaginal Surgery, Urinary Incontinence & more. He is certified by the Mexican Council of Gynecology & Obstetrics and The Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Insitute of America en Beverlyhills, Los Angeles, California.