A leading gynaecologist has urged women to ‘go commando’ to avoid infection.
Female health expert, Donnica Moore shed some light on the risks our underwear poses on our health.
Moore thinks that if we let our skin (down there) breathe, we would all be healthier.
Excess moisture around the genitals can lead to increased yeast infections, irritation, and pH changes due to bacterial overgrowth.
The best way to prevent this is to allow some time for everything to air out and stay dry - meaning go commando’ to avoid infection.
Gynaecologist urges women to ‘go commando’ to avoid infection
Speaking to Health magazine, Moore explained: ‘It’s not good to always have the lady parts locked up. They need air like all other parts of your body.’
Wearing pants means ‘we run the risk of building up heat and sweat in the crotch area by covering it up every day which in turn increases the risk of a yeast or other type of infection', she said.
If your underwear is lace or made of non-breathable material, then this risk is even bigger as these materials irritate delicate vaginal skin and can cause rashes and allergic reactions.
Skinny jeans and leggings are particularly problematic as the labia and vulva touching against irritating fabrics "can lead to very small nicks in the skin that act as portals for bacteria".
And if you’re worried about picking up an infection while going knickerless, fear not.
Aside from some potentially unwanted attention, apparently it is absolutely fine.
Sleeping without underwear
It's all important to avoid underwear when you're asleep.
Sleeping with your underwear on can lead to more moisture buildup and this allows bacteria and yeast to grow, which can cause infection and other problems.
If you are prone to yeast infections, vaginal infections or vaginal irritation, going commando at bedtime could be a great - and healthy - choice.
Most women prefer to wear underwear during the day, so nighttime is a good time to let it all air out.