Is Underwear necessary during Exercise? February 21 2020
Going commando can feel freeing (and no VPL!), but are there any risks to getting sweaty in your leggings with no barrier? You might want to let your vagina breathe when you're exercising, but is there a downside?
You might feel the urge to ditch the panties and go bare in your leggings before heading to spin class-no panty lines or wedgies to worry about-but is that really such a good idea? Do you risk any gross side effects happening down there? Will it make you smell more? Can you wear your leggings again before tossing them in the laundry?
When it comes to maintaining a healthy vagina, there's no such thing as TMI.
The combination of heat, sweat, and friction in your nether regions is not only uncomfortable, it can be unhealthy.
Tight and non breathable clothing traps heat and moisture, which can encourage the growth of candida, and lead to an unbearable yeast infection.
That's not the only thing you have to worry about.
When bacteria travels from back to front, it increases your risk for contracting an uncomfortable urinary tract infection (UTI) as well. These can both be prevented if you pay special attention to what you wear below the waist.
Wicking undies: Some are made of synthetic material such as nylon or polyester, while others use nature's bounty, made of comfy merino wool. These panties are specifically made to move moisture away from you sensitive parts, so you can rest easy wearing these while sweating it out, especially on longer workouts.
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Bottoms with built-in wicking underwear: If your exercise shorts or pants have a wicking panel sewn in, known as a gusseted crotch, then you may wonder why anyone needs to wear undies at all. Underwear isn't necessary, but it all comes down to personal preference. If you feel more comfortable having a layer between you and your bottoms for controlling sweat or odor, it won't hurt to wear undies; just make sure they're made of breathable cotton or are designed for wicking.
Going bare: If breathability is a top concern when it comes to your special area, then wearing nothing seems like the perfect option, right? The issue with this is that if your workout bottoms don't contain a wicking panel in the crotch, you'll end up with the same problems you would if you were wearing nonbreathable undies. So check your shorts or pants before going commando.
Aside from what you wear down there, the number one way to prevent infections is to remove your sweaty clothes as soon as your workout is complete, and take a shower ASAP. Use warm water and a mild soap, and refrain from using douches, scented powders, or sprays.
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