You’ve most likely see or heard the new toilet paper commercial challenging you to stop wearing underwear, but could that be good for your body? More importantly, if you should wear underwear, what types should you wear? Through some research we’ve found a few answers to these questions and more.
Check out these tips for going commando or not:
Cotton undies are the best option when wearing any style of underwear because it allows some breathability for your vagina. Your vagina releases natural secretions and moisture, so if it gets trapped by unbreathable material, the balance of bacteria can become unstable. Overgrowth of bad bacteria can cause yeast infections and vaginitis, which are uncomfortable and sometimes painful.
“Cotton for sure — at the very least aim for a cotton crotch [in a thong],” said Alyssa Dweck, a gynecologist and co-author of the book V is for Vagina.
Skip the thong
Thongs are sexy to some women who would never be caught dead showing up to their Zumba class with VPL (visible panty line), but they can actually be like a bad boyfriend. The style may prevent wedgies and panty lines, but the tight-fitting underwear stays close to your body and slides back and forth as you exercise. This sliding can move bacteria from the back to the front of your vaginal area and lead to vaginal bacterial infections and UTIs (urinary tract infections).
“Thongs get a bad rep, and for many people they are just fine — but there are a couple of caveats,” Dweck said. “Constant chafing from a G-string thong can increase rashes, irritation, and perhaps skin tags.”
Try going commando
Going bare seems like the perfect option when breathability is a top concern, but what about exercise clothing without wicking panels or embarrassing moments at work? For working out, check that your bottoms have a wicking area to give you the breathability you need. As for embarrassing moments at work, you may want to look at what clothes you are wearing. You’ll want to throw on a layer of cotton in-between your special area and any pants or shorts made of synthetic, non-breathable materials.
“Go for it if you dare,” said Dweck. “Nothing wrong with going commando at any time … Many women will have a normal physiologic vaginal discharge day-to-day that varies with their cycle. That’s just something to keep in mind to avoid embarrassing moments.”
Some gynecologists may even recommend going bare at night to allow your vagina breathability as you sleep. Ask your doctor about what he or she recommends for you. Remember, if you are exercising, it is best to remove your clothes quickly after your workout to avoid the build-up of bacteria.
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