When it comes to underwear selection, women focus on the look and feel. We love getting underwear with lace detail, fun trims, and bright designs. While there is nothing wrong with that, wearing these fun trims can impact your vagina’s health. Are you sure your undies are vagina-friendly? Take the quiz below to see where you stand.
How Underwear Affects Your Vagina’s Health
Not everyone thinks about how your underwear choice can affect your health. However, when you wear certain types of panties, you can be putting your intimate area at risk of itching and skin irritations. When you wear underwear that’s too tight, there’s no space for air to circulate, and your vagina’s heat builds up more moisture that creates the perfect environment for yeast infections to proliferate.
Choosing the Right Underwear
Buying underwear might sound like a no-brainer. However, there’s a lot more to consider than you think. First of all, make sure the panties you pick fit your anatomy, and feel comfortable. Ideally, your panties should fit snuggly but not tight, and you shouldn’t have any marks or red lines after wearing them for the day.
Choose Cotton Panties
When it comes to choosing vagina-friendly underwear, the main point is fabric. Polyester, nylon, and other synthetic fabric aren’t as breathable as natural ones. More specifically, cotton is extremely breathable and absorbent, which is why you should always try to wear cotton panties.
Don’t Dismiss Thongs
In the underwear world, thongs have sort of a bad reputation. However, if you have good hygiene, thongs aren’t as bad as people believe. No evidence can back claims saying thongs are bad for your vagina’s health. However, if you choose thongs, make sure they feel comfortable and made from cotton fabric.
Other Tips to Consider
Beyond the fabrics and styles, a lot comes in to play when we talk about underwear and vagina health. From the soap you use, to how clean your underwear is, to how many times you change them throughout the week.
Change It Often: Most people change their underwear once a day. While that’s fine, it’s not the same for everyone. For example, if you’re prone to have more discharge, then changing your panties more than once is a good idea.
Don’t Wear Them Overnight: Many people talk about the benefits of going commando overnight. If you experience moisture buildup during the day, choosing to skip the underwear while you sleep might be a good solution.
Use Hypoallergenic Soap: Even if you’re not allergic, washing your underwear with a hypoallergenic solution will ensure no harsh chemicals get close to your vagina.
Get New Ones Every Year: Around 83 percent of “clean” underwear contains over 10,000 bacteria that come from your washing machine not being clean. Enough said.
A Note from GR8NESS
We wear underwear every day, all day long. Make sure you’re making the right choices that will look after your vagina’s health. If you’re struggling with vaginal health issues, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor about it. Remember that your intimate area is highly sensitive and requires dedicated attention.