Cooling off with complete protection

 Bikini, towel, sun cream – and we're all set for a day at the lake or by the pool. Or are we?

While we automatically pack sun protection in our bag, we tend not to think too much about protecting our genital area. However, just as long periods of sunbathing can damage the skin, bathing and swimming regularly can attack the protective vaginal flora and lead to problems in the genital area.

Women suffering from problems such as itching and burning in the genital area can use a swimming tampon (e.g. SymbioFem Protect), which is impregnated with Vaseline and prevents the chlorinated water from entering the vagina when bathing or swimming. After bathing, dry yourself thoroughly and remove your wet swimsuit. This prevents the chlorinated water from remaining on the skin for any longer than necessary and means that the fungi do not have the moisture they require to multiply. Furthermore, avoid using damp or other people's towels since they could harbour fungal spores. Generally speaking, the risk of infection in the area around the swimming pool is higher than in the water itself. You should therefore place a towel down first when using chairs or chaise longues.

Bathing lakes do not contain any chlorine and therefore do not have the effect of killing the pathogens in the water and in the vaginal flora. The number of pathogens may therefore be significantly higher than in a swimming pool. Each bather adds 2.5 million germs to the water and this number increases even more as the temperature of the water rises. Official bodies regularly monitor the water quality of bathing lakes and issue bathing recommendations or bans accordingly. You should always follow the recommendations. If you are not sure about the water quality of a bathing lake, and you do not have the opportunity to obtain a recommendation, use a swimming tampon to be safe.