The Healthy Hack

It sounds bizarre but according to Women’s Doctors, it’s an efficient way to prevent vaginal mycosis, parasitic fungi. Women are susceptible to fungal infections in their vaginas after sex and blow drying it helps. This is from, an American Gynecologist, Dr. Alyssa Dweck’s book “The Complete A-Z to your V” which Beatrice Wagner, a sex therapist from Germany, agreed. She said that bacteria are transferred during sex. Because of the warmth, the vagina gives off, bacteria feel at home. However, it’s not always the case. Naturally, the immune system fights off the bacteria. If one is very receptive, grab the blow dryer immediately, even if it’s not an ideal thing to do.

If you try this, wash your vagina with warm water and set the hair dryer to cool setting to dry. Another option is to use a clean towel to dry it, keeping in mind not to dry it out completely because the vagina needs to be moist inside and the bacteria culture balanced.

Vaginal Mycosis is prevalent amongst women: 75% had had once in their lives. Symptoms are itching, painful, heated feeling and produces a whitish-yellow discharge (crumbly or creamy in texture). This is usually caused by a strain called Candida albicans also known as a yeast infection; in about 5-10% of cases, it’s caused by Candida Galbrata.

Hormonal imbalance (while in pregnancy), thyroid problem (poor metabolism), weak immune system and having birth control pills are some factors that promote vaginal mycosis. Some triggers are too much cleaning of the vagina with special soaps, synthetic underwears or tight-fitting clothes.

Visit your gynecologist at once if something feels not right. There are preventive medications that can be used without side effects.

The blow drying method is not mandatory but you can give it a try at least once especially if you’re prone to vaginal infections or practicing unprotected sex.