Even though half the population have one, a new survey by Vagisil found that almost half of the women they spoke to reported feeling embarrassed when the word ‘vagina’ came up in conversation! At Hip & Healthy we fully support Vagisil’s latest campaign to #endembarrassment, especially when we discovered that 31% of the 2,000 women surveyed said they had never spoken to their GP about an intimate health problem and 15% said their problem had become worse because they didn’t talk to their GP. So we are here to help spread the word (the word being vagina and all that goes with it!) and put an end to the embarrassment around all intimate health related problems.

We took note that over a tenth of the women (11%) surveyed said they still had an embarrassing question they wanted to ask but have never done so. One such topic was related to sweat and odour issues. In the world of fitness, this is one thing of which we gym bunnies are well aware. We love to workout and wear our sweat patches as a badge of honour! But we admit that there are some sweat patches that we are more hesitant to flaunt.

It may surprise you to find out that the armpit is not the part of the woman’s body with the most sweat glands. That’s right, you guessed it… our lady parts (the vulvar area to be precise) have more sweat glands. Any exercises that raise your body temperature and especially leg-together workouts, like running, cause the most crotch sweat. This is totally natural and nothing to be embarrassed about. However, not dealt with can sometimes lead to vaginal irritation, odours or infection. There are simple ways to avoid this such as wearing cotton underwear and taking a quick shower and changing your clothes shortly after working out. Vagisil also offer a couple of products to help you feel and smell your freshest, especially post workout:

Vagisil UltraFresh Intimate Wash (250ml) RRP £5.50 Available from Boots, Superdrug, Asda and Independent pharmacies

Vagisil UltraFresh Intimate Spray (125ml) RRP £5.00 Available from Boots, Superdrug and Independent pharmacies

Vagisil pH Balance Intimate Wash (250ml)  RRP £5.50 Available from Boots, Superdrug, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Independent pharmacies

Vagisil Dual Action Intimate Wipes RRP £4.50 (for pack of 12 individually wrapped, flushable wipes). Available from Boots, Superdrug (online), Waitrose and Independent pharmacies

Check out more facts from the vagisil survey and help #endembarrassment: http://vagisil.com

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