Myths About Swimming and Yeast Infections – Suffer From Yeast Infection No More


“Can I go swimming when I have a yeast infection?” This question, often asked by active women, arises from a myth about yeast infections. The myth is that when infected, a woman must keep completely dry in order to “dry out” the yeast. Let’s separate the myth from the reality and learn how you can best take care of yourself.

Candida albicans, the organism responsible for your yeast infection, grows best in warm, dark and damp areas. That’s why it’s very important to wear clean, dry, breathable clothing. Loose fitting natural fabrics like cotton are best. Avoid tight fitting jeans and man-made materials such as nylon and lycra. In warm weather, a sun dress and clean cotton panties are comfortable and inhibit the growth of the Candida fungus.

Swimming itself does not cause the growth of Candida albicans. Getting wet for a short time does not pose a problem. The problem is caused when you wear your damp bathing suit or other clothing for an extended period. After swimming, dry yourself off and put on dry clothing made of natural fabrics. By the same token, change out of sweaty clothing after a workout.

Candida is not transmitted through water. The chemical in the pool and the salt in the ocean will kill the yeast organisms. You don’t need to worry about catching a yeast infection by swimming or giving it to someone else either. In fact, the exercise you get from swimming will make your body stronger and help your immune system fight off the infection.

Candida grows best and will cause a yeast infection when it has an environment that is warm, damp and dark. By itself, swimming will not cause an infection if you keep dry after swimming. If you still have Candida problems, or if you have recurring infections, you need more help.