The choice of your panties is not common: Beyond the beauty of the garment and its practical side, the fabric, size, shape and maintenance have consequences for women's health, well beyond what one might think.
Here is what Octavia Cannon, an American gynecologist who treats women all day and who closely observes the effects of underwear on their health, advises all women:
Fabric. Lace and silk panties with sequins are really beautiful, but they are very harmful to your health! Choose cotton: cotton is a natural fiber that breathes and limits the risk of infection.
Size. Wearing too tight or too small panties is bad for your health. The risk of vaginal infection or intense itching can come from the unwanted friction between the underwear and your private parts.
Thong. Do you wear thongs to avoid seeing your panties under your clothes? These are the worst models of panties for your health! As the underwear is hold by the buttocks, the friction is constant and bacteria like E. coli can go from the anus to the vagina very easily. If you can't do without it, don't sleep with a thong, and change regularly your underwear if you exercise or if you notice dirt inside the panties.
Training. If you are exercising and sweating, it is important that you change your underwear quickly. Bacteria multiply in a warm, humid environment and your panties are the ideal nest for them to reproduce.
Duration. If you have the bad habit of wearing your underwear more than a day, you need to change this habit. Bacteria accumulate and multiply, in addition to the sweat that adds to that of yesterday. There is risks of repetitive infections if you don't change your panties every day. [Pub]
Washing. Avoid detergents as much as possible with perfume, especially if you are already sensitive to fungal and itchy infections. Your symptoms may be caused by the presence of irritating fragrances for your skin.
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