Underwear Mistakes You Never Knew You Were Making

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There’s a good chance you didn’t put a lot
of thought into your underwear when you got dressed today. You’re probably worrying more about the clothes
that go on top of those underwear, right? Turns out that might not be the best move
— your lady bits deserve some consideration, and grabbing the wrong pair can have some
seriously unpleasant side effects. Here are the underwear mistakes you should
avoid the next time you get dressed. Not wearing cotton Let’s face it, ladies, cotton underwear may
not be the sexiest choice you can make — but it’s the healthiest. Donnica Moore, M.D., told The Huffington Post, “Silk and synthetic fabrics are not breathable,
which increases the risk of moisture being trapped and retained, which can create a yeast
or bacterial infection.” She added that if you must wear underwear
made from synthetic fabrics, you should at least choose a pair with a cotton-lined crotch. Limit the silky panties to special occasions
— especially those where they won’t stay on very long. Wearing thongs Thongs may be the perfect solution to panty
lines when you’re rocking your yoga pants, but they come with risks that are just, well,
gross. Dr. Jill M. Rabin told The Huffington Post, “That thong may be depositing colonic bacteria
into your vagina or urethra.” If that’s still not enough to make you ready
to trash your thongs, irritation from the thin material can also lead to skin tags on
the vulva and rectum. Rabin added that choosing cotton thongs, wearing
them for short periods of time, and keeping yourself clean will probably keep you healthy…
but is it worth it? Wearing underwear to bed It might not be a bad idea to go commando
under those comfy pajamas of yours. Trapped moisture can lead to increased bacteria
and even yeast infections, and wearing underwear 24/7 can increase that risk. Michigan State University ob-gyn Nancy Herta,
M.D., told Glamour, “Allowing that area to get some air helps
to keep it dry and clean.” If you can’t bring yourself to ditch the underwear
every night, try it out for at least a couple nights a week and see if you notice any improvements. Not wearing them during the day Just because it’s better to let your lady
parts breathe while you sleep doesn’t mean you should plan on going commando all day,
every day. Melissa Goist, M.D, told Health that while
it’s okay every now and then, it’s definitely not advisable to go without underwear in some
situations. According to Goist, going sans-panties while
you wear clothing that causes friction, like jeans, can actually lead to chafing and sores
— which can eventually become infected. No, thank you! Wearing the wrong cut for your body Just because there’s a style of underwear
that you think looks the cutest, doesn’t mean that style will look the cutest on you. Lingerie expert Tomima Edmark told The Berry
that there are five basic shapes for rear ends, and it’s important that you choose the
underwear style that best fits yours. If you don’t, you could end up with undies
that bunch or pull — and that doesn’t look or feel good. Not changing underwear after a workout Sitting around in your sweaty clothes and
underwear after a workout may do more than make you smell a little ripe. According to Jen Gunter, M.D., it can lead
to a female version of “jock itch.” She told Glamour that while it probably won’t
give you an internal infection, it’s not uncommon for women to develop intertrigo, an itchy,
yeast-induced issue in the groin area that’s usually accompanied by a rash. Since it’s often brought on by moisture and
friction, changing into a clean and dry pair of underwear post-workout can go a long way
toward keeping this uncomfortable condition at bay. Laundering them all wrong According to Donnica Moore, M.D., your underwear
requires special detergent. She told The Huffington Post one issue she
sees a lot of is contact dermatitis. She says, “The No. 1 cause of that is your laundry detergent. The tissues that your panties come into contact
with are a lot more sensitive than your elbows.” Moore recommended choosing a hypoallergenic
detergent — or at least choosing one that’s not heavy on the perfumes. When it’s time to dry them, remember, they
call them “delicates” for a reason. Lingerie expert Jenny Altman explained to
Women’s Health that throwing them in the dryer can cause the elastic in your underwear to
get saggy fast. Instead, try using a drying rack or clothing
line. Wearing shapewear too often Those Spanx may give you gorgeous curves,
but they could be doing more harm than good if you’re wearing them too often. Keri Peterson, M.D., told Women’s Health, “If they’re worn too tightly and too often,
the compression has ramifications.” Shapewear works by compressing your body,
but according to Peterson, all that squeezing can actually cause a whole host of issues,
like acid reflux and incontinence. If worn too often they can even cause your
organs to shift — yikes! Peterson says if you don’t have any underlying health issues,
it’s fine to wear shapewear from time to time, but overdoing it can cause major issues. Not buying new ones We buy new sweaters and shoes at the slightest
hint of changing seasons, but how many of us are guilty of wearing the same panties
until they’re literally falling apart? Not only do those old undies not look great,
but Dr. Melissa Piliang, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic, told Health that they
can actually cause problems. She explains, “Once the elastic is failed and they’re not
staying in place and causing extra rubbing and shifting around, it’s time to throw them
out and get some new ones.” Figure out what works for you When it comes down to it, it’s important to
choose an underwear that feels as good as it looks. While some of the information we’ve mentioned
here might be a bummer to your underwear drawer, you’ll find there are still plenty of choices
out there that look great, feel great, and aren’t bad for your health. Thanks for watching! Click The List icon to subscribe to our YouTube
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