Sometimes, even seamless undies don’t do the trick and you’re stuck with the dreaded visible panty line. That’s when you might ditch your drawers in the name of fashion. But as freeing as going commando can be, one gynecologist thinks we should all be doing it for a different reason.
Dr. Donnica Moore thinks we could benefit from living a no-knickers life. "It’s not good to always have the lady parts locked up," she says, explaining that "they need air like all other parts of your body."
She suggests that the buildup of heat and sweat in your nether regions could raise the risk for a yeast infection, especially if you wear lacy or non-breathable undies. But she does warn that there are potential risks for skipping the skivvies, like irritation to your sensitive parts from rough fabric, like jeans. And she says abrasive material like that “can lead to very small nicks in the skin that act as portals for bacteria” when you don’t have a barrier of underwear to protect you.
But she says the risks of that don’t outweigh the benefits to going commando. If the whole thing sounds too risqué for your taste, maybe try easing into it by not wearing undies while you sleep to see how you like that freedom. It’s not for everyone, but it could be better than you imagine!