LOVE Island is well and truly underway.
Fans of the hit ITV show have already been treated to challenges and awkward moments.
But for some people, just looking at gorgeous people in their swimwear all day is enough to guarantee entertainment.
However, one expert has said that while it might seem to be fun to lounge around the pool all day – there can be downsides.
Intimate health expert Stephanie Taylor, said your swimwear mistakes could be causing issues down there.
The founder of Kegel8 said sitting in wet swimwear for long periods of time is likely to disturb the natural balance of bacteria in your vagina and lead to infection.
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"Damp, warm bottoms are a hotbed for bacteria and can allow yeast and other bacteria to thrive.
"So, rather than staying in it – you should change out of swimwear fairly soon after leaving the water.
"Not only does it cause issues with infection, but you may end up with an uncomfortable, itchy rash, flatteringly known as ‘jock itch’.
"Like bacterial infections, this rash thrives in damp environments and is caused by similar bacteria to Athlete’s Foot."
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If you’re out by the sea or the pool all day, Stephanie recommends that you pack two swimwear pieces:– one for getting wet, and one for relaxing that stays dry.
"Be sure to dry off properly and avoid wearing tight underwear or tights that can irritate your skin.
"The risk of infection is exacerbated by thong bikinis, as harmful bacteria (e-coli) can spread from the anus to your vagina and cause further infection," the guru warned.
Fashion is another high part of the show, and previous seasons have seen contestants swapping swimwear.
But Stephanie says that this is another no-go – as bikini bottoms especially are a breeding ground for bacteria – with resulting infections being contagious.
"Even if the infection isn’t transmittable, the bacteria can still sit on the surface after, which may put you at risk of a similar contraction, so it’s better not to take any chances.
"Be particularly pedantic about not sharing bikinis of the wrong size, which is fairly likely to happen when you borrow from a friend – as it can irritate the skin and cause rashes around your intimate area," she said.
In order to avoid illness, Stephanie said that cleanliness is key.
Washing your items before you wear them and after each use make sure to chuck them in the machine.
"Whether your swimwear is brand new or previously loved, clothing can pick up fungus and bacteria when being handled by other people.
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"Alternatively, new clothes are often washed in harsh chemicals that irritate your intimate areas.
"Be sure to give your swimsuit a wash in some warm water and gentle detergent and rinse immediately – as a bonus, regularly washing your bathing suits like this will help maintain their colour and shape," Stephanie added.
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