Well, the holiday season is behind us, and it’s time to talk about the important issues now. Like how, for example, you are wearing your panties. It’s no joke – whether you are sitting for hours at a time, standing or dancing while experiencing uncomfortable underwear, it is important to feel comfortable and protect your body! Especially when you’re surrounded by relatives.
But that’s not all.
Medical experts now think that some underwear preferences could influence your health negatively.
As The New York Post reported, the board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, Octavia Cannon spoke with Seventeen and dished out some expert medical advice on how women’s choices in underwear might be putting their health at risk. She was brief, and we’ll be even briefer – here are the important bits:
1. Avoid wearing thongs
Sure, it’s sexy, but avoid it when outside of the bedroom. Dr. Cannon reminded everyone that stringy panties are known to help harmful bacteria, like E. Coli, spread from the anus to the vagina. She was graphic, saying: “Think about where the string slides when you sit down in a thong.”
2. Material is important, and cotton is your friend
Cotton is the most breathable material compared to all others, beating silk and lace. Less sweat, more airiness, and you get a healthier booty!
3. Always change underwear after exercising
Showering after a workout is for naught if you slap on those sweaty panties again. Besides, fitness gear, kept in bags, is one of the favorite places for bacterias to hang out. “Yeast and bacteria love a warm, moist, dark environment,” Cannon explained.
4. Unscented detergents are your friends
The chemicals in the scented products can irritate your skin, so your safest option is unscented detergents.
5. Don’t try to squeeze into underwear that doesn’t fit you
Yeah, respect your booty! I mean body! Sure, your favorite panties might be kinda tight for you now, and you still wanna wear them, buuuut… listen to what Dr. Cannon said: “If your panties are leaving marks on your skin, you are putting yourself at risk for vaginal infections and rashes.”
6. Never re-wear used undies
Kinda obvious, but then again there are those situations where you have no clean underwear, and you have no time to wash some. But think twice, because it’s one of the common ways of giving yourself an infection.