Aunt Vadge: When I sit down, my vagina gets hot – why?

A woman's legs are visible, with only pants and shoes, with flames around her ankles.

Hi Aunt Vadge,

Sometimes when I sit down for long periods of time with my legs crossed, my vaginal area gets really hot, and I need to stand up and adjust my underwear. Why does this happen?

Hot Stuff
Age 37


Hey there, Hot Stuff!

It sounds like you’re experiencing a bit of a sizzling sensation in your privates when you take a seat. It’s not a superpower, unfortunately, and there are a few reasons why this could be happening.

Sometimes, when you sit down, especially on a soft or cushiony surface, the way your body presses down can restrict airflow to your nether regions. Less breathability can lead to a buildup of heat and moisture, which might explain the hot sensation you’re feeling.

Another possibility is that your clothes or underwear might be a bit too tight or made from synthetic materials that don’t let your skin breathe. It’s like wrapping up a hot potato in a plastic bag – things are bound to heat up!

Check if you’re wearing synthetic fibres around your crotch – if your undies aren’t cotton or another breathable fabric, they’re probably nylon, which will quickly heat up your vulva. It’s similar to when you use synthetic fibres as blankets and you can all of a sudden get too hot. Trapped heat is causing this problem.

If you’ve been exercising or it’s a hot day, you might also experience increased blood flow to the whole area, which can lead to a feeling of warmth.

However, if this heat is accompanied by other symptoms like itching, burning that doesn’t go away, an unusual odour, or changes in your discharge, it might be time to check in with your healthcare provider and see what’s going on. It could be a sign of an infection or another condition that needs attention.

In the meantime, give your vagina some breathing room with loose-fitting clothes and cotton undies, and see if that helps cool things down in your hot seat. You can stand up and loosen your clothing every so often to prevent the heat building up and take regular breaks from sitting.

Stay cool down there, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you need more guidance!

Lots of love,
Aunt Vadge