The Real Reason Why Women’s Underwear Has A Pocket

October 1, 2019

Women’s fashion can be weird. While many ladies know the curse of dresses
without pockets, for some reason women’s underwear often has one. What is that little pocket in the crotch of
your panties for? It’s not big enough to fit much even if you
wanted to. And considering how uncomfortable it would
be to stick your phone or wallet down there anyway, you…probably wouldn’t want to. So what is that little pocket for? First off, that pocket in the crotch of women’s
underwear actually has a name: the gusset. And gussets aren’t meant for storage. Nor are they there for decoration. In fact, gussets serve a much more important
purpose: to protect your lady parts. And not in, like, a chastity belt sort of
way. See, women’s underwear is often made from
synthetic materials. And while synthetic lace might look sexy,
it also doesn’t breathe very well, which means that bacteria and sweat can build up more
easily and get trapped in your underwear. Not fun. That’s why gussets are typically made from
cotton, a breathable, non-synthetic fabric, to help keep things dry and ventilated down
there. Not only does the gusset make things more
hygienic, but that little bit of extra fabric also cuts down your risk of uncomfortable
conditions like yeast infections and urinary tract infections by making your panties more
breathable. Gussets serve another function, too. Since synthetic materials aren’t always the
most comfortable, think of how scratchy bare lace can feel on sensitive skin, gussets provide
a soft, cozy place for your lady bits to rest upon, protecting them from friction. Even if your fancy, synthetic-material panties
comes with a gusset, though, your best bet is still plain old cotton undies. While that little patch covered by the gusset
might help, overall breathability is still important. Breathability is even more important if you’re
active throughout the day. If you think there’s any chance you’re going
to be sweating, skip the synthetic materials. This means if you’re going for a run or hitting
up the gym, you need to be wearing cotton unless you want to risk inflammation or an
infection. This is especially true if you’re prone to
bacterial problems down there. Cotton panties may not seem as sexy as lacy
Victoria’s Secret lingerie, but they’re a lot more comfortable than a yeast infection. If for some reason you still don’t want to
wear cotton underwear though, there are some non-cotton options that are better than others. Dr. Melissa Piliang told Health, “Panties made of things like polyester, nylon,
Lycra or Spandex sometimes have more stretch and lay nicer under clothing and still come
with that cotton crotch.” Watch out for thongs, though. While they don’t pose too much of a threat
if you’re healthy and not prone to infections, for some people thongs are a quick way to
spread bacteria. Dr. Jill M. Rabin told HuffPost “If you have a little bacteria, E. coli is
the most common bacteria in the colon, in the back part of the fabric and you’re physically
active, that material may move. All it has to do is move an inch or two and
it’s next to the vagina or urethra. That thong may be depositing colonic bacteria
into your vagina or urethra.” Additionally, wearing a thong while on your
period can increase the risk of infection even more, as menstrual fluid raises the pH
fluids in your vagina, making it easier for bacteria grow. Thongs can also irritate the sensitive skin
in your nether regions and exacerbate hemorrhoids. What about going commando? It may surprise you to learn that not wearing
underwear to bed isn’t just safe but may also be beneficial. Dr. Suzanna Chatterjee told Oprah, “I recommend my patients sleep without underwear
to give their vulvar skin a break from constant coverage, this helps reduce chronic inflammation. If you do wear underwear to sleep, find a
pair with full coverage to avoid overnight irritation.” Oh, and one more thing: change your underwear
every day. No matter how great your gusset is, there’s
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