Vaginal health

Over the festive period, you may have been lucky enough to have received a cosy new robe, some socks in your stocking or even some new lingerie. But have you ever stopped to think that the type of underwear that you wear may actually be having an effect on your vaginal health?

Natural Fabrics

It’s true that the vulva is a very sensitive and delicate area which is why it’s really important when it comes to the underwear that you choose. One of the simple ways you can do this is by being aware of the material that you are wearing. Experts recommend natural and breathable materials such as cotton that provide natural absorbency.

Synthetic materials such as nylon and spandex don’t allow the area to breathe which in turn can create the perfect environment for yeast infections. In order to tackle this issue, some women report that they use panty liners to absorb excess moisture. However, it’s important to understand that this can in fact leads to increased irritation that can affect your vaginal health.

Go Commando at Night

For women that get regular yeast infections, going without any underwear at night may be the best option. This removes all barriers and will help the area to breathe overnight meaning that moisture is unable to build up. If you don’t want to go completely bare you could opt for loose-fitting pyjama bottoms or a nightgown. But, remember that these will need to be washed frequently.

Are Thongs Bad For My Vaginal Health?

There is no denying that historically some people have blamed thongs as a contributing factor in poor vaginal health. However, recent studies have found that there is no evidence to suggest wearing a thong is linked with urinary tract infections (UTIs) and bacterial vaginosis (BV). Conversely, research shows that sexual behaviour and hygiene practices are more likely to be the cause.

A study looking at string underwear found that the microenvironment of the vulva did not change according to the style of underwear worn. Additionally, type of underwear had no effect on the PH, skin microclimate or aerobic microflora.

Wash with Care

Underwear sits against one of the most sensitive areas of our bodies for long periods of time. So it comes as no surprise that these delicates should be washed and handled with extra care. It is recommended that underwear should be washed using a gentle, hypo-allergenic soap. This will reduce the risk of developing irritation and allergic reactions.

If you are concerned about symptoms and would like to speak with a professional, then get in touch today. Book a consultation with one of our expert Consultant Gynaecologists who can give you advice on vaginal health and carry out a gynaecological scan.