I’m sure you’ve heard of the trend of going bra-less, well, what about going underwear-less? Putting on underwear is as habitual as brushing your teeth. Wearing underwear seems necessary, turns out, it isn’t. Like me, you’ve probably only gone underwear less in the comfort of your own home and would probably feel very self-conscious should you leave the house without panties on. Turns out you should try it outside of the sheets and in the streets. Here’s why you should ditch your underwear more often:
1. Ditching your underwear can help prevent infections.
“If your vagina is constantly covered, more moisture collects down there, which cultivates an ideal environment for yeast growth.”-Dr. Alyssa Dweck, M.D., told Shape magazine
2. Wearing no underwear may improve existing conditions.
“Sleeping without underwear may be beneficial to women with vaginitis (inflammation of the vagina), and those who suffer from yeast infections. For women who have vaginitis, wearing loose-fitting cotton underwear or not wearing underwear while they sleep, may improve the condition.”- Dr. Vanessa Mackay (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists)
3. Wearing underwear 24/7 can increase your likelihood of developing an infection.
“Wearing underwear day and night causes heat and sweat to build-up down there and that increases your risk of yeast or other types of nasty infections.” – Dr. Donnica Moore (a New Jersey-based gynecologist)
4. Wearing no underwear benefits infection prone women.
“You really should sleep without underwear if you’re prone to vaginal issues, allowing that area to get some air helps to keep it dry and clean. Giving your vagina some breathing room lets it better take care of itself.”-Dr. Nancy Herta, M.D. (ob-gyn at Michigan State University)
5. Wearing no underwear can improve current yeast infections.
“Going underwear-free is an especially a good idea if you have a yeast infection right now or are very prone to them and get them often.”- Dr. Pari Ghodsi, M.D. (board-certified ob-gyn)
With that said, everything has its time and place.
“Commando is safe as long as there is no other fabric causing friction on the vulva,”- Dr. Goist
I’m assuming, you, like me, are not going to throw all your panties away and cut up your Victoria Secret members card. I’m almost positive you’ve experienced the discomfort of a vaginal infection, so why not give this a try? What do you have to lose? I won’t tell if you don’t.