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A viewer asks The Doctors why the area around her vagina gets sweaty and if she can use deodorant to tackle the issue. OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry explains that certain areas of the body have more hair follicles and sweat glands and the genital region is one of them. In the groin area, you have two different types of sweat glands. Sweat is meant to cool things off but it can also mix with bacteria on your skin which is what causes the annoying odor.
Dr. Nita says to keep the deodorant away! The vulva region is very sensitive and putting deodorant down there could irritate it. To address the sweating Dr. Nita advises wearing cotton underwear or a kind which will absorb moisture.
She says to wear loose, flowy things as opposed to tight clothing and if you are overweight, losing weight may help. Also, if you are exercising or out and about in the heat, make sure to frequently change your underwear. The whole goal is to keep the area clean and dry. ER physician Dr. Travis Stork adds that goal is the same for men!