Ouch: 4 Ways To Combat Vagina Chafing While Running

You've just finished a long run. You head to the bathroom for a quick stop after several hours on the pavement. You reach down, peel off your moist running tights, squat and attempt to pee.

Bad idea.

Yep, vagina chafing happened during your run, and now you're suffering the consequences. Chafing occurs as a result of excessive friction, and it can get worse as a result of prolonged force, heat, humidity or perspiration. 

It ain't pretty. It certainly doesn't feel good. But vagina chafing is a real issue, and it needs to be discussed. Here are four ways to combat one of the most uncomfortable side-effects of long-distance running: 

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1. VC: Body Glide

The easiest way to treat vagina chafing is by preventing it from happening in the first place. Long-distance runners swear by BodyGlide, a product specifically designed for athletes at high-risk for chafing, blisters and raw skin. Other runners prefer Chapstick, Aquaphor, Chamois Butt'r Original or Vaseline. Rub your preferred lubricant on before and during the race to keep things lotioned and friction free during their run

BodyGlide Stick .45 oz., $5.99, BodyGlide.com

2. VC: Flats Seams

Pay special attention to your workout clothes if chafing has been an issue for you in the past. Steer clear of cotton and opt for moisture-wicking pants and underwear, which pull sweat away from the body and prevent chafing.

Looser clothing will lead to a whole lot of chafing problems (everything is rubbing together!), so keep your workout gear tight. Try compression pants, which act as a barrier between your skin and the friction, or pants with flat or bonded seams, which ensure that extra fabric and stitching aren't rubbing against your crotch. 

(However, as soon as possible after your workout, be sure to change into dry, breathable, cotton clothing. Your tight workout gear traps heat and moisture, creating an environment where yeast can thrive — which can lead to a yeast infection. Ick.) 

Lululemon Light Speed Crop, $88, Lululemon.com

3. VC: Coconut Oil

Your abuelita probably preached the joys of coconut oil to you on a regular basis. She was right. Coconut oil is a miracle in a jar, especially for runners.

After you change into breathable clothing and clean and disinfect your chafed skin, slather some coconut oil onto the area. The anti-inflammatory oil will soothe the skin and reduce irritation and itching. 

4. VC: Hydrate

It may seem like common sense, but you can't beat the power of proper hydration. According to Livestrong, as you lose water through sweating, the salt in your sweat becomes more concentrated. That explains why runners have a "chalky" look to their skin after finishing a long race. Unfortunately, that salt irritates the skin and can provoke excessive friction — which leads to chafing. Hydration keeps the salt diluted, so drink up!