Yoni Care for Cyclists
Develop good hygiene habits: three words: bacteria, bacteria, and bacteria. Your vagina already produces bacteria naturally and when subjected to specific environments (warm, humid, etc…) for a period of time, the bacteria can begin to transform into a yeast infection. This is why keeping things clean and as dry as possible down there is just as important as eating a well-balanced meal. The best ways you can avoid infection are:
Change out of your cycling shorts ASAP after a ride. Yes, that means changing before meeting the girls at your post-ride, brunch spot even if you’re heading straight there.
Make sure to wash your gear after every ride. Letting your dirty bottoms just sit is not only gross, it’s not healthy for your vagina or your bike gear. Because cycling bottoms are padded, things such as bacteria, mold and mildew will begin to form in the padding if not taken care of properly.
Wear underwear made with materials that are breathable, such as cotton …that is, if you decide to wear any underwear at all. That’s right! The next best thing for your lady parts on a ride, besides cotton panties, is rockin’ the ride commando.
To further prevent issues such as a UTI, avoid wearing thongs during a ride. Because of their unique design, e-coli is more likely to travel to areas you don’t want it to be.
Avoid chub-Rub: sweat + chub + rub = cycling nightmare. If it’s moving, it’s most likely rubbing and that goes for your inner thighs too not just your yoni. Chub rub is common for ALL cyclists, especially during the warmer months, so it’s best to seek an anti-chaffe stick that works best for you. Even the tightest and most science savvy bike shorts can’t prevent the inevitable chaffing so remember to lube up pre-ride. For longer rides, it's a good idea to bring anti-chaffe sticks with you that way you're prepared mid ride when it's time to re-apply. Prefer a brand that’s vegan approved and designed specifically for women? Try Body Glide for Her before your next trip in the saddle.
Find the cush that’s right for your tush: sometimes the fancy bike shorts just don’t cut it, which is why it’s important to take your bike saddle into consideration. Every woman’s body is different and at the end of the day, the only person whose comfort matters is you. If you took the time to have a professional fitting done why not do the same for your seat? The slightest amount of padding difference can go a long way, not to mention the shape of the seat is dependent on your bum and how wide it is or isn’t. So before you take off in the factory seat, make sure to try out a couple of different saddles to help determine which is best for you.
Here’s a great list of 2019’s best-rated bike saddles for women!
Avoid pain relief ointments: ointments such as Icy Hot work for the majority of the areas that you may experience muscle soreness or pain due to exercise, but the vagina isn’t one of them. To help with inflammation, it’s best if you just stick to the old fashion ice trick. As uncomfortable as it sounds, you’ll be glad you suffered through the frigid process when it comes to walking, sitting or even having sex the next day. Try to ice your yoni for at least 10-15 minutes to reduce discomfort, soreness, inflammation or pain. If the pain is consistent for a period of time or unbearable at any time, it’s best to take advice from your family doctor or gynecologist.