Ladies, let’s have a heart-to-heart about the common underwear mishaps many of us make daily. It’s quite possible that you don’t give your undergarments much thought when you’re getting dressed in the morning. After all, you’re not strutting down a Victoria’s Secret runway. Your primary concern is probably what to wear on top of those undergarments, right? However, as it turns out, paying attention to your choice of underwear is a smart move. Your lady parts deserve some consideration, and selecting the wrong pair can lead to some rather unpleasant consequences. Let’s delve into the underwear blunders you should steer clear of next time you’re getting dressed.
For starters, let’s talk fabric. Cotton underwear may not be the sexiest option in your lingerie drawer, but it’s the healthiest choice. Dr. Donnica Moore, a medical expert, warns against silk and synthetic fabrics. Why? These materials aren’t breathable, increasing the risk of trapping moisture, which can, in turn, foster yeast or bacterial infections. Dr. Moore suggests that if you must wear synthetic undies, opt for pairs with a cotton-lined crotch. Save the silky panties for special occasions, especially those where they won’t be on for too long.
Now, let’s chat about thongs. They might seem like the perfect solution to avoid visible panty lines, especially when you’re sporting yoga pants. However, they come with some rather unappealing risks. Dr. Jill M. Rabin, another expert in the field, raises a serious concern. “If you have a little bacteria—E. coli is the most common bacteria in the colon—in the back part of the fabric and you’re physically active, that material might move,” she cautions. “All it has to do is move an inch or two, and it’s next to the vagina or urethra. That thong might be depositing colonic bacteria into your vagina or urethra.”
And if that isn’t reason enough to rethink your choice of underwear, consider the irritation from the thin fabric that can lead to skin tags on the vulva and anus. That’s probably not the aesthetic you’re aiming for down there. Dr. Rabin suggests opting for cotton thongs, wearing them for shorter durations, and maintaining proper hygiene to keep yourself healthy. The question is, is it worth making this underwear mistake?