Underwear, panties, knickers, unmentionables… whatever you call them, they seem quite self-explanatory. You just slip on a fresh pair every day; how can there be much more to it than that? While these essential undergarments are pretty straightforward in function, there are a few facts about them you need to get straight, because there actually is more to them than just picking out the cutest ones:
1. How bad is it to do a second day in the same undies?
We have good news for anyone that’s skipped a laundry day: As far as health is concerned, there is no issue with wearing the same pair of underpants two days in a row. It’s important to remember, though, that moisture build-up in the nether regions can lead to yeast infections.
2. Does fabric matter?
The quick answer is yes; your underwear fabric can make a difference when it comes to your health. To prevent no-fun genital issues, health experts suggest wearing new, clean, loose-fitting pairs of cotton underwear to allow for breathability and to absorb moisture.
3. Is it OK to work out in a thong?
While studies linking thong-wearing at the gym and health consequences are limited, you may want to take caution when putting on these babies before hitting the treadmill.
4. Should I go commando?
It turns out, there’s a couple good reasons to “forget” to don a pair, especially during exercise. If your outer clothing is tight or form-fitting and sweat-wicking, underwear is not needed during exercise.
5. Which is better: G-strings or classic panties?
Thong underwear has the potential to cause some trouble if you have any repeat issues with vaginal infections. Also, experts suggest staying away from tight-fitting underpants if you’re in the baby-making business so why not try a pair of granny undies instead this week?
6. Do panties have an expiration date?
You probably have a few favorite pairs of underwear that you find it hard to toss but if you have any underwear that is either frayed, has holes, period stains, overstretched elastic or is a different color from when you bought it, we hate to say it, but it’s time to toss it and buy some new ones.
7. When it comes to undies, the tigther the better right?
When it comes to the fit of underwear, you obviously don’t want it drooping and falling off, but you should seek a fit that isn’t so tight that it’s leaving uncomfortable marks on your waistline.
8. What's the right way to wash my delicates?
When it comes to laundering, not all pairs of underwear are created equal. Most cotton types can be machine-washed and tossed in the dryer without any issue, but more delicate pairs need extra love! The first rule of thumb is to always read the label.
9. If I have discharge, do I have to study the stains?
Don’t be grossed out. You don’t have to get that up close and personal with your unmentionables, but you should be paying attention because your discharge can tell you a lot about your health and whether things are working as they should down under.
10. Should I sleep with my undies on?
Your safest bet is relaxing undie-free at bedtime. In fact, it’s sometimes a healthier option at night. If a woman is having vaginal problems, discharge, or pain then often sleeping commando is encouraged so go-ahead and snooze easy and breezy in a nightgown or your birthday suit.