Are you heading out for a run? You will probably need to think about your private parts – your breasts, uterus, and vagina. It may not be your favourite thing to do but looking after its wellbeing should be the first priority for any woman.
As running affects your whole body, a female runner should know about the interrelation between running and her need-to-mention unmentionables.
Here are five things that you should be aware of if you want to get the most out of every run:
Vaginal Yeast Infection
Running can increase the risk of your vaginal yeast infections, which may cause itching, burning, or irritation of the vagina or vulva, which is the tissue surrounding the vagina. This happens when you work out very hard with your thighs rubbing together 180 times per minute. Thus, it is very important for you to dry off from all of that sweat and discharge as soon as possible otherwise, your natural vaginal yeast might grow and multiply, resulting in yeast infections.
Meanwhile, you can also wear a synthetic garment made of sweat-wicking, Dri-FIT, or anti-bacterial material, which will reduce risk of the yeast infection. Remember that cotton and organic fibers tend to trap more moisture than the synthetic ones do.
You don’t really have to bother if you find more discharge than usual in your underwear as running does not make your body generate more vaginal discharge, it does make you expel increase. It is very natural for you to experience an increase in intra-abdominal pressure if you exert yourself physically. In addition to this, highly effective work outs like running work a lot like hitting a ketchup bottle on the end. Thus, all of the pressure results in things coming out.
However, if you find your discharge uncomfortable, you can always go for a panty liner in your underwear. But, if your discharge continues for days, weeks or months following a run, or it is accompanied by itching or burning, it might be an indication that you have yeast, bacterial, or pH imbalance over there.
Sports Bras Important
Any Physical activity, including running, makes breasts bounce up and down. And even small breasts can endure a huge amount of force when running, which can result in soreness, pain and sagging. Sports bras with high-support elements such as molded cups, underwires, padded straps, and multiple hooks will reduce this movement. What size breasts you have is not important while you do physical activity. Therefore, every woman, no matter what size she is, should wear a sports bra while running.
Those of you are dealing with weakened pelvic floor muscles, running can aggravate the symptoms. However, running doesn’t cause uterine prolapse i.e. the uterus descending toward or into the vagina. While pregnancy and childbirth as well as perimenopause and menopause, hormonal changes can cause the pelvic floor muscles, which act as a sort of string that grasps the uterus and supports other internal organs in your body, to loosen.
Not only we all have heard and dealt with breast and nipple chafing, but also experienced vulvar chafing. Several women have complaint saying that their labia minora get chafed when running. There is nothing to be embarrased about it as it is the most common in women. Apply anti-chafing balms to the area both before and after running if you want to reduce your chances of chafing and irritation.