Here’s What You Need to Know About Wet Bathing Suits and Yeast Infections

Live Science | 7/9/2018 | Staff
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Can wearing a wet bathing suit cause a yeast infection? The answer, it turns out, isn't so clear cut.

Vaginal yeast infections are fungal infections that most women will experience at some point in their lifetime. Though uncomfortable, they're not dangerous. All vaginas have some yeast in them; infections happen when this naturally occurring yeast grows out of control. This can happen either when the bacteria in the **** that usually control yeast populations fail to do so, or when an external, aggressive strain of yeast colonizes the ****, said Dr. Jen Gunter, a San Francisco-area OB-GYN.

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Dr. Yvonne Butler Tobah, an OB-GYN at the Mayo Clinic, said that wearing a wet bathing suit for an extended period of time may increase a woman's risk of a yeast infection, though it isn't a direct cause. "If the question is, 'Will a wet bathing suit cause a yeast infection?' the answer is 'no,'" Butler Tobah told Live Science. "But it can increase the risk, depending on how long you're sitting in it."

Yeast thrives in stagnant, moist, warm environments, like that inside a bathing suit that stays wet for a long time after leaving the pool or ocean, said Dr. Leena Nathan, an OB-GYN at UCLA Health.

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"A wet bathing suit can put women at risk for having a yeast infection, if they sit in it for an extended period of time," Nathan told Live Science. Swimming itself doesn't increase the risk of yeast, she said, because "when there is water constantly flowing, it is not...
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