There are certain things in life that you just do without thinking. For example, putting on your underwear in the morning. It’s such a natural action that we don’t even stop to consider that we could be doing it wrong. In fact, the chances are that you cannot recall the color of the underwear you’re wearing right now.According to Octavia Cannon, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, it is this blasé approach to our underwear that is putting our health at risk. Talking to Seventeen magazine, Cannon outlined six of the major causes for concern that women face when they get dressed every morning…
1. Wear cotton undiesInspired by the Victoria’s Secret Angels, there is no doubt that your underwear drawer is full of silk and lace. But while these materials may be aesthetically pleasing, they’re not particularly healthy for our bodies. According to Cannon, we should all wear cotton underwear instead because it’s more breathable. It is her belief that by choosing a more airy option, you can prevent infections down below.”If you choose undies made of other fabrics, select a cotton crotch whenever possible,” she recommends.
2. Always change your underwear after exercising“Yeast and bacteria love a warm, moist, dark environment,” Dr. Cannon grimly explains, whilst warning women of the hazards connected to wearing the same underwear at the gym as in everyday life. She warns that your gym undergarments are a breeding ground for germs to manifest, thus making your risk of infection quite high if you continue to wear the same underwear at the gym for the rest of that day.
3. Don’t wear underwear that doesn’t fit“If your panties are leaving marks on your skin, you are putting yourself at risk for vaginal infections and rashes,” Dr. Cannon explains.
4. Avoid thongsThis is not a point that needs to be stressed to most women because for a majority thongs are exclusively worn with skintight dresses where there is a risk of a VPL. But for those rare ladies who opt to wear a thong every day of the week, Dr. Cannon has some bad news… “Think about where the string slides when you sit down in a thong,” she cryptically said, referencing the fact that you can easily pass E. Coli from your rear to your more delicate areas. Ew.
5. Be careful with scented detergent“Consider using a fragrance-free detergent, and eliminate dryer sheets with fragrance,” Dr. Cannon recommends, especially if you have found that your private areas have become rather irritated. Scented detergent, while pleasant on the nose is not pleasant on other more sensitive areas. This is the same for body washes and scented soaps too.
6. Never wear the same pair twice
If you need to read this point to understand why it’s wrong, then you should be worried. Wearing the same pair of knickers twice is an unforgivable offense in the eyes of Dr. Cannnon. “Please wear your undies only once before washing them — especially thong underwear,” she practically begs.In conclusion, you need to make sure your underwear is clean, comfortably fitting and preferably made from a breathable material. However, millions of women before have worn all sorts of assortments underneath their clothes and have lived to tell the tale. A lot has changed over the past 100 years, especially women’s underwear. Would you be comfortable wearing what our great-grandparents did in the 1920’s?