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Sweaty Vagina: Why It Happens and What You Can Do To Stop Vaginal Sweating

Why does my vagina sweat so much?

If you’ve often wondered, “how do I stop sweating in my private area?” or “why does my vagina smell like sweat?” you’re certainly not alone.

And if you’re worried about sweating down there, don’t sweat it. It is completely normal!

Sweating is your body’s way bringing itself back to its optimum temperature. If you’re feeling hot, it is ok to sweat. Sweating is not caused by any sinister, hidden illness or disorder.

Some areas of your body sweat more than the others, take your armpits for instance. This is because your underarms are prone to more sweating because they have a lot of sweat glands.

Your crotch is much like your armpits. It’s warm, full of sweat glands, hairy, wet and full of bacteria. Excess sweat and moisture could sometimes contribute to infections. You might be sweating too much because you’ve inherited those genes from your predecessors or because of the following reasons:

  • Exercise

    You might just be sweating down there because the rest of you is sweating too! After all, how else do you know if you’ve had a good workout session if your crotch isn’t sweaty too. Let your body cool down, and take a nice cold bath later and you should be good.

  • Pubic hair

    Whatever your parlour didi might tell you, pubic hair does serve a purpose. It works to keep your privates away from nasty bacteria and dangerous intruders from outside. It prevents chafing from clothes and in its optimum length keeps sweat away from your sensitive regions.

  • However, when the growth goes beyond what’s ideal and your privates end up looking like the grasslands of South Africa, we might have a problem. This is because bacteria can stick to pubic hair and mix with sweat to produce a distinctively unpleasant smell.

  • Bacteria can cling to hair. In the vaginal area, that is both a good thing and a bad thing. You need your good vaginal bacteria to prevent an overgrowth of yeast, but when bacteria mix with the sweat and oil on your pubic hair, it can produce a smell.

  • Giving it a nice trim every now and then doesn’t hurt. We are not asking you to endure painful waxing sessions or razor bumps from shaving. You can simply trim them down with dog scissors that minimize the risk of cuts because of their rounded tips.

  • Non-breathable underwear

    You might be wearing underwear made of synthetic materials, like polyester. These don’t let your skin breathe as well. The material holds the sweat and traps it there.

  • Excess body weight

    If you have several layers of fat around your privates, you are bound to sweat more. The sweat gets trapped between the layers of skin and doesn’t get the chance to evaporate, leading to a sweaty vulva.

  • If you’re tired of a sweaty cooch, we have some tips for you on how to keep vaginal area dry:

  • Try sweat-wicking underwear

    You could give sweat wicking underwear a try. Athletes have been using these kinds of underwear for years.

    The moisture is pulled out from your skin to the exterior of the fabric, so that you remain dry.

    You can even find sweat-wicking underwear with odour-lock technology in the market today.

  • Change your clothes after every workout

    If you’re not changing your clothes along with your underwear after every workout routine there’s just one thing we want to say to you: GROSS! You are at risk of developing yeast infections. You’ve given it the perfect place! It is dark, warm and moist. Be ready to experience a lot of itching and burning sensations if you do catch a yeast infection.

  • Go Commando

    We don’t mean it as a joke! Know how mothers let their little ones be out of diapers and underwear at least once in a day? You can do that to let things air out and cool down there. We would recommend doing this only when you are home.


Wipe it – Whenever you are feeling too sweaty you can wipe the sweat down with a wet tissue paper. Avoid anti-bacterial wipes as they can harm the good bacteria in your vagina. Do not try spraying things down with water there, it is something doctors advice against.

We hope you now have an answer to the constant “why is my vagina sweating?” in your head. Taking care of a sweaty vagina as it turns out is pretty simple. If you still need more help, we would recommend taking a trip to your doctor.


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