Ladies, while our nether regions are a powerful, self-cleaning force of nature; it’s of course beneficial and common sense to give it a helping hand, and you might want to start with your underwear.
Seventeen talked with Octavia Cannon, a board-certified OBGYN on the risks that our underwear choices might be putting on our overall health.
While definitely sexy and a nice fashion choice under tight fitting clothes, Cannon explained that stringed undies can cause bacteria, including E. Coli, to spread from the anus to the vagina.
“Think about where the string slides when you sit down in a thong,” she said.
But since we can’t always readily part with the useful clothing item right away, at least change into fuller coverage, cotton options when you hit the sack; so your body can take a breather.
On the subject of cotton undies, it brings us to:
Pick cotton undies
Since cotton is a more breathable material than silk or other lacy undies, Cannon believes the airy option can stop moisture from festering in your private parts and prevent infection.
Always change your underwear after exercising
Moisture being said, yeast and bacteria love nothing more than a warm, moist, dark environment, which your post-gym clothes contribute to.
Bring along a fresh pair of underwear to change into at the showers, please, for the sake of your hygiene and well-being.
Use unscented detergent
Do you sometimes get itchy, burning sensations around your private but can’t seem to point it out to anything viral , fungal, or bacterial? The problem might start with your choice of detergent and fabric softener.
Products with too strong of a scent and formula can irritate the skin, so it might be best to search for gentler, unscented options.
Don’t squeeze into underwear that doesn’t fit
That wild and sexy gift you got that one Christmas or at a bachelorette party? You might want to reconsider reliving the memory of wearing those tiny skivvies.
Cannon said: “If your panties are leaving marks on your skin, you are putting yourself at risk for vaginal infections and rashes.”
Never re-wear undies
While it’s obvious that this is pretty gross, somebody you know for sure has a shame story about running out of clean underwear at one point.
You could be putting yourself at risk of infection by reusing underwear that’s either been left in the hamper or on the floor, exposed to bacteria in the air and finding a convenient way into your body.