8 Underwear Rules for a Healthy Vagina

Vagina

Have you ever wondered whether or not you are taking good care of your underwear port paying the right attention to your genital area?

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Handling underwear may seem like no big deal as almost everyone has to deal with these clothing items on a daily basis without thinking or talking too much about it. But it is also true that not everyone knows how to properly care for underwear.

For example, did you know your underwear has an expiry date? Are you aware there are certain fabrics you should avoid, and there are times it is best to be butt naked?

These weird and rarely discussed underwear rules can hurt the health of your vagina, and in some cases, it may affect your mood when undermined.

Because the health of your vagina is essential and we know every lady wants to know how best to take care of their underwear, we have put together right underwear rules that will keep you feeling clean and healthy down there.

1. Most importantly, choose cotton underwear over any other fabric

This may not be a new underwear rule as you sure have heard it a thousand times over, but with all the sexy underwears made from other not so healthy fabrics that are all over the market, it is worth repeating that cotton material is the best when it comes to lingerie.

Remember that your vagina is a delicate area and should be treated with care and given maximum comfort. Cotton is the softest fabric that is gentle on the skin and very breathable helping your vagina stay fresh and free from yeast infections.

Since it is normal and healthy for a woman to have vaginal discharge that is bad odour free and of the right consistency, you would want underwear that will quickly absorb the wetness, so you feel dry till it’s time to change it. Cotton is the only fabric that can do this easily.

Pants made from synthetic fabrics like spandex and nylon are lovely to look at but what they do is to trap moisture and heat this becoming a breeding ground for bacteria that can lead to yeast infection.

2. Change your underwear daily and more than once if possible

Most of us have lived with the mentality that a pair of underwear per day is the standard and it is healthy. While this isn’t a bad thing, it would be nice if you could change at least one more time a day.

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Once you take off your underwear and put it in the washer, you pick a clean one and begin your day because it is better to wear a new pant in the morning than wear a pair of pants for two days or more. But if you feel like the pant you wore in the morning might have collected too much vagina discharge, do not hesitate to put on a fresh one for the rest of the day.

Some doctors have however mentioned that you can put on one underwear for two days in a row if it hasn’t collected too much discharge and sweat, but it can become uncomfortable.

Some people put on panty liners almost all the time so the vagina discharge doesn’t collect in their pants and they can repeat underwear, but this also is not healthy because liners can cause chafing adding even irritation. A cotton-lined pant is a better option.

3. Sleep naked every night except when menstruating

There has been a lot of debate about whether or not going to bed without underwear is good for the health.

If you are one of those people who are lucky enough to have a healthy vagina, then whatever you choose is cool. However, for people who have had to deal with yeast infections over and over, going commando to bed is the best bet as it can make all the difference.

Sleeping without a cloth barrier allows your vulva to breath and prevent the buildup of moisture overnight, therefore, eliminating the growth of bacteria that causes a yeast infection.

If you are one of those people who can’t deal with sleeping naked, you can opt for loose fitting pyjamas or any other type of nightwear that will allow air to penetrate that area. Whatever nightwear you choose to put on, make sure it is washed as often as possible so that it doesn’t store up germs and bacteria.

4. Well-fitting, moisture-wicking underwear is the best option for work out

Some people like to go panty-free for their work out, but it is a matter of preference. If your workout short has inbuilt moisture-wicking underwear, then you can ditch the panties, but if not, it would be a good idea to put on a cotton pant.

5. Thongs really aren’t bad for your vagina health

There is a widespread belief that thongs are not healthy for the vagina, but no study has found any connection between the wearing of thongs and vagina infection like bacterial vaginosis, yeast vaginitis, or even urinary tract infections which are the three main vaginal infections women deal with.

These conditions are caused by poor hygiene choices and sexual behaviour rather than the style of underwear a woman chooses. Douching, the use of tampons, and certain underwear materials can cause bacterial vaginosis so never blame your thongs.

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6. Wash your underwear with hypoallergenic soap

All types of lingerie should be treated with extra care and not handled like your other kinds of clothing.

Some of us pay particular attention to only our sexy lacy thongs because we feel they are more important than our other panties, but all your underwears seat on one of the most sensitive areas of your body for hours so why not treat them equally?

Choose only hypoallergenic soap to wash your underwear because any other kind of soap might be too harsh on the skin and cause rashes, irritation, and other allergic reactions.

7. The best way to wash your underwear

After washing your underwear, ensure to tumble dry for about thirty minutes. Never mix your underwear in the same load with a roommate or family member’s underwear and never mix your dirty underwear with clean ones for any reason.

Finally, never mix your underwear with other clothes that have come in contact with other body fluids.

8. Your underwear expires after a year

Did you know that even your clean underwear can house up to ten thousand living bacteria? Thus it is crucial that you change your underwear every year if you have suffered from bacterial vaginosis many times.

For those who have a healthy vagina, cleaning out your wardrobe every 12 months is optional.

9. Your style of underwear can affect your mood

Your underwear may go unseen by the rest of the world, but studies have shown that an ill fitting or bad looking underwear can make the wearer uncomfortable and even cranky.

Wearing a sexy, clean, and nicely fitting underwear can keep you feeling good and confident about your self all day long

Emmanuella Ekokotu
Ekokotu Emmanuella is a sociologist and Anthropologist, writer, and fashion model who lives in Benin city, Edo state,Nigeria.